Service Record of 85 Years
The Schryver Insurance Agency
was eslablished in Polo in 1872 by
M. E. Schryver I to offer the public
complete insurance service. This ideal
was continued by M. E. Schryver II
and today Service is still the funda-
mental keystone in conducting the
Schryver Insurance Agency. We
want to serve you.
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M. E. SCHRYVER II
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Greetings and Thanks!
Several factors influenced our community to undertake the planning and manage-
ment of Polo's Centennial Celebration. One of these is the desire of most people to pliy
tittmg tribute to the pioneers who came to this part of northern Illinois when it was a
raw, trackless prairie with hostile Indians still roaming the area. We believe the people
of Polo have just a little more appreciation of those pioneers whose acts vision and
dreams generations ago resulted in the things we take pride in today.
Another factor in our decision to join hands in the Centennial was the belief that
our town, as do all towns, needed something in the way of a common goal that would
draw our people together to blend their energies and personalities in one tremendous
effort. The answer seemed to be the celebration you are attending June 16-22 We believe
the Centennial has enjoyed greater cooperation and the unbounded enthusiasm of more
people, many more, than any other single undertaking in our city's history.
While the two factors already mentioned are in themselves worthy of recognition as
a sound basis for deciding to go ahead there was yet another and more compelling reas-
on which led us into affirmative action, a reason why the Centennial's influence will be
felt tor many years to come as it serves a greater purpose. As much as we revere the
past and respect the present, we must of necessity be concerned as well for the future
of our community. We look forward, therefore, to a more progressive, more active and
more service-minded pattern for Polo's future. This is, in our view, the chief reason for
And now that the pioneers have been duly and suitably honored, the present award-
ed Its proper perspectivein our community sun, and our future course plotted we take
time out to express our deep appreciation for the unexampled hard work and the down-
right unsurpassed loyalty of our citizens. The "'esprit de corps" of all has had a salutary
etiect upon everyone connected in even the slightest degree with the Centennial.
To every visitor we simply say, "Welcome! We are glad you have come to join us
as we pay tribute m our hearts to the people of another era "for the foundations they
laid tor us of today. Every town has its own particular brand of welcome We want ours
to be warm and friendly so you will remember Polo's Centennial as one of beauty and
charm, not of physical aspects of our com.munity but of its people . . . your hosts " Come
back and see us! r- r- j . c
,,,^.^^^CVTIYE COMMITTEE-John Phalen, J. Anthony Smith, Doris Weaver Douglas
A DIRECTORS— John Phalen, president; Douglas White, Evan Reck, Grant Rigcrg Jr
Annabel McGrath, Everett Webster, Mrs. Richard Schell, Rev. Ira Wilson C R Clothier'
Nathan Mount, Eddie Ports, Evangeline H. Donaldson, E. H. Cassens, J. Anthony Smith'
Mrs. Helen Bentley, Harry A. Wolf, Axel Olsen, Ross W. Hostetter, John Coffman'
Charles Joiner, Miss Delia Miller, Miss Pearle Joiner, John Heckman, Mrs Annabel
Winders Kopp, J. J. Ports, George Strickler (1876-1956)
SAUK VALLEY COLLEGE
Zenas Aplington, 1815-1862
Zenas Aplington came to Polo, a youth of 22, imbued with
a pioneering spirit that was to advance him from a sawmill
hand in 1837 to state senator and leading citizen in 1858. If
George Washington can be called the Father of His Country,
Zenas Aplington can be called not only the father of Polo but
also the city's godfather.
Our City's founder was born in Broome county. New
York, Dec. 24, 1815. His zeal as a worker and dreamer prob-
ably brought him to this western country where he was quick
to grasp opportunities while others lagged.
Succesively he was a sawmill hand, carpenter, black-
smith, merchant, real estate dealer and promoter of Ogle
county, state senator and soldier. He was killed in action in
the Battle of Corinth May 9, 1862, cut off at the very height
of his usefulness as a citizen at the age of 47.
Zenas Aplington's likeness has not yet been chiseled in
granite as suggested by the late Dr. J. H. More but he will
live in the hearts of future generations as the Founder of our
City. He is the man to whom our Centennial Celebration is
dedicated, the man whom we all honor during this week's
Too many years ago to remember a wise philosopher once said, "let us cultivate
our gardens." Taken in its broader meaning the wise philosopher was urging the people
of his day to work for the betterment not only of themselves but of their particular unit
During this week of the Centennial we pause to pay tribute to the men and women
whose bequests to the community in days gone by we enjoy so much today. They "culti-
vated their gardens" as we hope to do.
No one can appreciate the hours upon hours of effort and preparation that have gone
into plans for this brief span of seven days. The entire panorama of Polo's life during
the First Hundred Years will be brought to life — the arrival of the pioneers in the late
1820s; the development of the area by those who came pouring in from the East and
South to build upon the foundations already laid; the present in which we are still
building and perhaps more important, conserving. Pageantry, displays and entertain-
ment will portray the manner in which Polo citizens have reacted to their assignments
down through the years.
If one word typifies the zeal and purpose of our people in these First Hundred Years
it is "spirit." The French call it "esprit de corps." In our every day language A. D. 1957
some people call it zip; others call it fire. Whatever word you choose to describe the activ-
ities and work of our people you will see its results in terms of today's achievement.
Our people, therefore, are united in the one common goal of being an American
community. It is with this ideal in mind that we dedicate ourselves to the future so
that with each passing year something may be done to enrich the lives of our people
and our country.
We face the future with confidence in ourselves strengthened by a greater know-
ledge and more vivid memories of the past that provided the foundation upon which
future progress must rest as the years unfold ahead.
CENTENNIAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Gifford C. Terry and Charles J. Wolf, Co-Chairmen
Russell Poole William Dew Lydia Wolfe
Everett Webster Bert Nordgren Henry Lindemann
Annabel McGrath Mrs. A. O. Swanson Mrs. Neva Baker
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Sunday Morning on Mason and Franklin in 1957
Six-Ox Team in Polo's Earliest Street Scene (Undated)
Our Family Tree
I— Buffalo Grove
In any history of Polo due regard must
be given to its direct lineal "ancestor," Buf-
falo Grove, the first white settlement be-
tween Ogie's Ferry, now Dixon, and Galena.
Roaming white men in the early 1820's
had discovered lead in the hills of what is
now Jo Daviess county. They reached the
area via the Mississippi River then up Fev-
Listening to the stories of men who had
returned to Ft. Clark, now Peoria, a man
named Kellogg set out in the spring of 1825 to
see for himself. Instead of going via the Mis-
sissippi Mr. Kellogg made his journey over
the rolling prairies, skirting the woods as a
precaution against ambush by the Indians.
Crossing the Rock River at about the
present location of Dixon, Kellogg passed
through the prairie country a few miles east
of Polo, bore northwest passing West Grove
and continued on to Galena.
Kellogg's journey thus successfully com-
pleted was the signal for others to set out.
Many others did, some with teams but more
on foot. All camped out along the way over
what soon became known as Kellogg's Trail.
Use of this trail was soon proved to be
too circuitous taking the travelers too far to
the east. They wanted a more direct route.
Thus it was that John Boles set out in
the spring of 1826 for the lead mines. Boles
left the beaten path, crossed Rock River far-
ther down than Kellogg, just about where the
I.C.R.R. bridge is today in Dixon.
Boles passed about a mile east of Polo,
north to White Oak Grove just west of For-
reston, thence on to Crane's Grove and so on
to Galena. His route being many miles shor-
ter than Kellogg's soon became the choice of
most travelers. It was called Boles's Trail and
for three years it was used exclusively.
In the spring of 1827 travel began early
in the season. Elisha Doty, an ancestor of the
present generation of Dotys in Polo, arrived
at Dixon in the month of March, attempted
to cross the ice but had to turn back. He said
200 teams had to wait for a crossing until
the ice went out.
Isaac Chambers who will be mentioned
later passed through the Buffalo Grove area
Polo vfas grown up before World War II
Your City Serves Its Citizens
"Rank and file" municipal administrations of the century ago and those
in the decades that followed paved the way for the wide variety of interest-
ing services we enjoy in Polo today. We here pay tribute to those who caused
the City to be platted with wide streets now edged with beautiful shade trees
and who laid the foundations for the municipal improvements we take for
Public library service, modern street lighting, sanitation, health and
police protection — all of these and a host of others were begun by our
We, your City Administration of 1957, pledge our combined efforts to
carry on the tradition of efficient municipal government. To this end we
have just completed a Code of General Ordinances under which the city is
now governed. We speak for the whole City when we say, "Welcome!"
Polo City Administration
E. H. Cassens, Mayor
Harry A. Wolf
Evan Reck, Clerk - Keith McGuire, Treasurer - R. C. Minnier, Magistrate
A Polo Firm
1919 ^ - 1957
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in the summer of 1827. He was so struck with
the beauty of the setting that he determined
to make it his home. He became known later
as the first permanent white settler in what
is known as Ogle county.
John Ankeney moved from southern Illi-
nois in 1827 to Galena where he started farm-
ing on Smallpox Creek. In December of 1829
he came through western Ogle county with a
party surveying a road, liked the landscape
at Buffalo Grove and on Christmas Day put
his mark on a tree. 'Nanusha," Indian name
for Buffalo Grove, had its first symbol of set-
tlement. Ankeney's claim was near the
bridge over Buffalo Creek on the "Galena
Ankeney then returned to Smallpox
Creek for his wife and family, firm in the be-
lief the first claim at Buffalo Grove would
be honored according to the customs of the
time. But fate intervened as we shall soon
While Ankeney was gone for his family
Mr. Chambers, mentioned above, came down
from Galena with his. He stopped at White
Oak Grove just west of Forreston presum-
ably considering a claim there. In the end he
returned to the Buffalo Grove site he had
fallen in love with on his journey hereabouts
in 1827, due to the abundance of timber.
The very spot he chose was the one
marked out by Mr. Ankeney earlier that year.
Mr. Chambers had plans for building a hotel
for travelers about 30 rods above the present
bridge over Buffalo Creek.
While he was engaged in these prelim-
inaries he was surprised by the appearance
of Mr. Ankeney who had returned with his
family to take possession of his claim and
to build a home. Mr. Ankeney was no less
surprised to find his claim in possession of
The incident was not precisely agreeable
to either party but in the end Mr. Ankeney
moved on about 100 rods farther down-
stream where he erected a "Public House,"
although the nearest road was two miles a-
"The Grove," it seemed, was well on the
way to becoming an island in a prairie, as it
had two "hotels" and no road, since Mr.
Chambers and Mr. Ankeney had been too
busy disputing over the claim to get any-
Having completed their houses the two
men next turned their attention to a survey
necessary to divide their property. Other
boundaries were useless for Mr. Ankeney
could claim the territory all the way to the
Mississippi and Mr. Chambers could be the
lord of all the land eastward to the Rock
Being practical men they devised a way.
One clear night when the moon v>'as not
shining they went together by starlight to
Buffalo Grove School — New in 1898 — Teacher, Clayton Smith
the south end of the grove and from a red
oak stump they started towards the North
Star. As they proceeded they hacked the
trees and this hne became the boundary be-
But this was not the end of their dis-
sensions. More was to come. Mr. Ankeney
and Mr. Chambers went to Ogie's Ferry, la-
ter to be known as Dixon, and began staking
out each his own road which was at no place
more than a half mile apart.
You have guessed rightly. Ankeney's
road passed by his "hotel" and Mr. Cham-
bers's road passed by his. Travelers were not
hesitant about taking a road northward to
Buffalo Grove but the question that perplex-
ed them was WHICH road to take.
So it was that competition set in early
in this region. Both Chambers and Ankeney
each began immediately to make his house
attractive and to induce travelers to choose
Rivalry and jealousy marked the assoc-
iation of Chambers and Ankeney as long as
they lived in Buffalo Grove. Each did his best
to drive customers away from the other and
into his own "hotel." Each chopped down
trees so they fell across the other's road and
other irritants were employed.
Oliver W. Kellogg who is believed to be
the "Mr. Kellogg" who established Kellogg's
Trail back in 1825, was unhappy with his
claim at Burr Oak Grove in Stephenson
county. In 1831 he came to Buffalo Grove
where Chambers was being worsted by An-
keney in this early battle for business. It
was not long until Chambers agreed to sell
his claim to Kellogg who took up the rivalry
where Chambers left off.
Chambers moved about six miles to the
north and west and his place became known
as Chambers' Grove and the neighborhood
is still known by that name today, at least in
the memory of older citizens.
It must be remembered that all these set-
tlements had been made here and there in
the midst of Indians. The Winnebagoes had
not yet left the country; the Pottawatomies
still lived on their old hunting grounds. The
Sacs and Foxes, even though they had ceded
their lands to the United States by the Trea-
ty of 1804, were still around.
Rumors of an Indian war upon the set-
tlers were rife throughout this region follow-
ing the annual council of the Redskins in
"the first moon in June" in 1831. Many bor-
der atrocities were perpetrated upon the set-
tlers among which was the murder of Wil-
liam Durley in April 1832 at the edge of Buf-
falo Grove, now the farm of John Reid (1957)
just west of Polo, and others here and there
in scattered places.
Among historians some question has ris-
en as to whether these atrocities were not
forced upon the Indians. It has never been
settled. But regardless of its causes pro and
50 YEARS of PROFESSIONAL
SERVICE to the COMMUNITY
While Polo celebrates its Centennial our Store will be
celebrating its Half-Centennial. During our Half Century
our Pharmacists have filled more than 100,000 Prescrip-
tions, a record we are proud to have made. Professional
Service by Professional Pharmacists.
Best Wishes to Polo in its Centennial Celebration
CLOTHIER'S DRUG STORE
C. Roland Clothier
Robert R. Clothier
Congratulations to Polo
Through the efforts of R. R. Street & Co., the Dry
Cleaning industry has made great progress over a period of
80 years. We of the Polo Cleaners are proud to be users of
Street's famous strong soap formula 886 as well as its other
products ... so we can offer you the very finest in Dry
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1957 FIRE DEPARTMENT— Front row: Harold
Drenner, Harold Brooks, Fred Galor, Cecil Hoyle,
Everett Webster, Dawson Bunker; middle row, Ken-
neth Brown, Steve Stanich, John Powell, Harold
Glaman, Emerson Byrd, Donald Galor; back row:
Russell Brown, Axel Olsen Jr.,, John Lang, Marvin
Sarber, Robert Poffenberger, Chief, Robert Mc-
pherson, Clarence Camery.
Modernized Fire Protection
From the days of the old hook and ladder teams Polo has been known
for its efficient fire department. In those days gone by Polo teams held state
and national championships at various times.
While competition between towns is no longer possible, with heavy
equipment in use today, Polo is proud of its firemen and their unsurpassed
record of volunteer accomplishments. Rare is the occasion when the fire
trucks require more than 90 seconds for their departure; often it is as little
as 60 seconds. In fighting fires every second counts.
Our Fire Protection District, a type of organization unknown 100 years
ago, reaps rich rewards in protection by providing the department per-
sonnel with adequate equipment of modern design.
Polo Fire Protection District
Herbert C. Hays
Robert E. Jones
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This was the home of John D. Campbell,
county judge, on East Dixon Street, as it ap-
peared in 1872. It was the site of Campbell's
con the Blackhawk War itself is a historical
fact. It lasted only a few months and in this
area it was marked by Stillman's defeat near
Stillman Valley. History knows the battle as
At the close of the hostilities the few
settlers in the country hereabouts prior to
the war returned and many more with them.
After 1833, the influx of settlers assumed the
proportions, for those days at least, of a
flood. Indian scares were ended, the bars
Among those that came were names
well known during the generations that fol-
lowed, some of them still represented in the
area today. The Waterburys, Talbots, Dotys,
Sanfords, Shoemakers, Wales, and many,
many others came immediately after the
Blackhawk War. Among them was a young
man of 22, Zenas Aplington, engaged as a
sawmill hand by Oliver W. Kellogg, who v/as
to be heard from many times, all favorable,
in the years that followed.
In the years after the Blackhawk War
(1832) in which Buffalo Grove served for a
brief time as the camp of General Dodge's
party which was protecting the arm3"'s rear
as Blackhawk was being chased up Rock
River, Buffalo Grove prospered and grew.
Gone With The Years
In quick succession came the post office,
school, grist mill, sawmill, township govern-
ment, county government; the carpenters and
builders and doctors; merchants, lawyers,
The countryside with its broad expanses
of rich prairie soil was literally crawling
with men who loved the land; with them
were their women and children working like
beavers to make a home and future for
themselves. What is now Eagle Point, Woo-
sung, Lincoln, Brookville, Buffalo and Pine
Creek were thickly settled in a matter of a
few years. Land was sold by the government
at $1.25 per acre to the settlers.
One writer said "when we came from
Dixon in 1837 and came up on the rising
ground three miles north of that place, there
was not a single foot of ground to be seen
which the hand of man had not touched."
By 1837 E. S. Waterbury wrote, "many
of the prairie flowers have dissappeared be-
ing destroyed by the cattle and the fires."
In the late Forties railroad talk became
widespread in the fast growing region north
of the Rock River towards Buffalo Grove,
White Oak Grove, Kellogg's Grove and on
towards Galena. The settlers needed lumber
for their farm improvements and carpenters
in the towns needed it for home construction;
farmers needed transportation to get their
wheat and corn to market and livestock was
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Located Five Miles East of Polo
Mason street's north side west of the Ex-
change boasted only a handful of business
places when the above picture was taken be-
fore 1880. Only the Bargain Store had ven-
tured west of Division known for many years
as Freeport Road. The Town was emerging
from a frontier trading center with wood
structures for businesses to one with brick
buildings. This picture was taken after the
fire that destroyed 14 of them in the first
block at the right in the above picture. The
view is from east to west.
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in its Centennial Year. Our Congratulations to Polo!
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rapidly showing a surplus above the needs of
the local populations.
Economic considerations were spelling
the end of Buffalo Grove but the people, es-
pecially those who were content to rest on
their laurels, did not realize it until it was
The Illinois Central Railroad which had
just been incorporated in 1851 had made at
least two surveys from Dixon through the
Buffalo Grove area to Freeport. One of them
touched at Buffalo Grove. This eventuality
was the crisis that went unheeded and un-
solved. The coming of the railroad was op-
posed by certain property owners who re-
fused to give land for the right of way.
A young man who had come to Buffalo
Grove in 1837 as a sawmill hand owned a
farm to the north and east of the village in
the year 1851. Two years before he had
bought the first frame "dwelling, built in 1836
by William Merritt, and moved it to his farm.
When the leaders in Buffalo Grove re-
fused to welcome the railroad by giving land
for its right of way this young man, then in
his Thirties, opened the door. He gave the
ICRR its right of way through his land and
was given the honor of naming the new town.
His name was Zenas Aplington. The
name of the new town was Polo, after Marco
Polo, the Venetian traveler.
This, in brief, is the story of Buffalo
Grove, the first settlement in Ogle county,
and one of the very first in the vast territory
that is northwestern Illinois.
West Ogle had some fine driving teams, one
of which was that driven by the late Linus
Magne who came over from towards Mt.
Morris to take a Polo girl, Belva Garman, as
his bride. Photo is about 1911.
The first tax levy for "road" purposes in
Polo was effected by Ordinance No. 10 which
required collecti<)n of 15c per $100 valuation
for improvement of the streets. The date was
May of 1857.
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Early Polo Area Firsts
WHITE MAN to reach Polo region: Mr. Oliver W. Kellogg in 1825.
SETTLER in Ogle County - Isaac Chambers in 1830.
CLAIM made in the county by John Ankeney Christmas Day in
1829 on the banks of Buffalo Creek.
WHEAT - first crop of winter wheat raised near Buffalo Grove
POSTMASTER - Elkanah P. Bush at the Buffalo Grove Post Of-
fice established in 1833.
WHITE CHILD - Cyrus Doty, son of Elisha Doty, born Sept 4
1834, at Buffalo Grove. '
SCHOOL TAUGHT - at the home of Oliver W. Kellogg in 1834-5
at Buffalo Grove.
LAWYER in Ogle County - V. A. Bogue, resident of Buffalo
Grove, about 1835.
GRISTMILL - completed in 1836 by Joseph Wilson and James
SAWMILL in Ogle County - erected by John D. Stevenson on
Buffalo Creek in 1836.
RAILROAD SURVEY - for the Illinois Central R, R. in 1852.
STORE - kept by Zenas Aplington . . . opened in a frame building
moved from Buffalo Grove to North Franklin street in 1852
BRICK BUILDING - on northeast corner of Mason-Franklin in-
tersection erected in 1853 - also by Zenas Aplington.
NEWSPAPER - Polo Sentinel established by F. O Austin in
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In this interesting photo you see how
Polo looked in the early 1880s. The camerman
stood in the middle of Mason street peering
towards the setting sun. It was summer. The
boys were in the "ol swimmin' hole" while
the men, overheated from political discus-
sions, could cool off at the town pump. Polo
was maturing now — the well had a band-
stand over it. Somebody's dream was ma-
terializing — the street was being improved
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Above is an undated photo of the IC sta-
tion that predates the present one which was
built in 1907 and dedicated with a big cele-
bration. The station in the picture was erec-
ted in 1860, the same year the freight house
was built. One sees in the background what
appears to be the old water tank which
quenched the thirst of puffing locomotives.
Its water supply was pumped from the IC-Q
junction. The tank was located in Central
Park a short distance south of Mason street
while the station was farther south. The
"iron horse" appears to be of the vintage of
the 1890s. It was pulling a passenger which
has just finished handling the express and
mail. After the new station was opened the
old one was moved south, still stands but is
slated to be razed this summer, another con-
nection with the past soon to join many oth-
ers in limbo.
Many pioneer settlements were named
"Grove" like Crane's Grove, West Grove,
White Oak Grove, Kellogg's Grove and Buf-
falo Grove. The groves of trees have been
described as magnificent, literally genera-
tions old for they had never been touched by
the hand of man. Truly the trees were mon-
archs. Trees in the groves were huge, larger
even than the largest ones in Polo for the
oldest and largest trees of today were plant-
ed in 1878, hence are only 79 years old; even
today they are only babies in the world of
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History recorded that Pearson Shoemaker
built a hotel on the site of the present Park-
side in 1855-56. The original Orient House
is shown in the inset as it was soon after
the Civil War. In 1878 Pearson Shoemaker
was described as "builder and present pro-
prietor" of the Orient. Compare the above
photo of the later Orient with that of the
small inset which is probably the only pic-
ture of the original 1855-56 Orient in exist-
ence. The earlier Orient had five windows, no
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business street in the 60s shows the first Or-
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grapher made this shot before the well ap-
peared in the center of the intersection, prob-
ably in the late Sixties, since all that part
destroyed in the "great conflagration" of
1856 had been rebuilt with brick. It was a
busy day with lots of bobsleds and wagons
clogging the street, more than 60 of them in
this one block. That part of Mason street ap-
pears as it is today except for Barber's new
building on the corner at the left, and the
two towards the east end. Aplington's brick
store was built in 1853 and in the photo here
it appears to have included the first three,
from the cornice at the top. The Polo Theater
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How much times have changed in the
last 100 years is indicated by the sign on the
telephone pole: "Do Not Enter!" When James
Mosher built "Mosher Hall" shown in the a-
bove picture horse traffic was becoming a
problem. At that time as many as 150 teams
jammed into Polo on a single day. That was
1855. Mosher Hall was used for social and
civic functions, for church services and for
school purposes at various times. It is now
one of the historic landmarks of Our Town.
It was located on what for many ye-ars was
called Freeport Road. James Mosher's grand-
daughter, Dr. Louise Keator, still lives there.
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Much speculation was abroad in Buffalo Grove from the time railroad talk began until the route from Dixon
to Freeport actually was determined. This map, hand-drawn and colored, is dated August 4, 1851. Two
routes had been surveyed from Dixon to Freeport, one of them touching Buffalo Grove, the other about a
mile to the east. Text of the letter written on this map appears on page 69.
Our Family Tree
II ■ Polo
Buffalo Grove had prospered in the years
after the Sacs and Foxes, the straggling rem-
nants of Pottawatomies and Winnebagoes,
left forever their erstwhile hunting grounds
between the Rock and the Mississippi Riv-
ers. The future seemed bright as the village
approached those mid-nineteenth century
days. Trade was active; the prairies were no
more. The village boasted a population of
1,100 and all was well . . . almost. Nothing
could happen to them.
But it did. Change. Talk of the railroad
had been heard for several years and now it
was upon the village, that is, nearly all of
it . . . all of it except those obstinate brethren
who steadfastly refused to accept progress
in the form of the railroad. That's why there
is a Polo and why Our Town is celebrating
its 100th birthday.
How Polo came to be is an old, old story,
but it's as American as apple sauce and
pumpkin pie, a story while old is still new
to those who have never read it. It's a story
worth little outside Our Town, yet its in-
gredients are those that have made America
great. That's why the story is worth telling
and retelling to the generations that appear
from time to time.
When the pro-status-quo citizens in Buf-
falo Grove snubbed the railroad by refusing
free right of way through their lands, a group
of younger men extended the hand of fel-
lowship. The leader, Founder of Our Town,
was only 36 years old in 1851 when the times
produced the man.
The result of Buffalo Grove's snub was
this: the Illinois Central Railroad which was
headed straight for that village veered to the
right, headed north and passed it about a mile
on its left. It went where it was wanted and
that was straight through Zenas Aplington's
farm. The year of decision was 1851.
Buffalo Grove's fate was therewith seal-
ed forever until now its former glory ceases
to live except in the minds of a mere hand-
ful of Our Town's citizens who heard the
pioneer story from their elders who got it
from those who lived it . . . and others who
look with reverence, almost, upon another
time that is mellowed by the passing years.
And so it was that Zenas Aplington, the
sawmill hand of 1837, was at the head of the
pack in planning for the town that bears the
name he gave it. In 1849 he had purchased
the first frame house built by Wm. Merritt
in 1836 in Buffalo Grove and moved it to his
farm northeast of the village.
After Charles W. Joiner (grandfather of
the present Charles W. and Alvin Joiner)
had surveyed the original "Town of Polo"
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Zenas Aplington's house was on Lot 1 in
Block 21 at the corner of North Franklin and
Locust, the latter given its name because
some of Aplington's locust trees stood in the
middle of the street.
Aplington moved another frame house
to the actual northeast corner of Block 2L
This was Polo's first store. He also built a
blacksmith shop not far from his home on
what is now Lot 7, Block 22. This site is just
west of the old Pearson home now occupied
by Mr. and Mrs. Mark Conrad.
When Charles V/. Joiner certified on
the back of the original town plat that he
had "laid out and surveyed the within town
plat, called the Town of Polo," his endorse-
ment initiated activity. The date was March
21, 1853. He further certified that the town
was laid out at the request of Benjamin Pro-
vost, John Dement and Zenas Aplington, the
"proprietors of the same," which indicates
that Mr. Aplington had taken in partners to
help in promotion of the new town which had
Buffalo Grove in competition a mile away.
Whether at Aplington's suggestion or his
own sense of proportion. Surveyor Joiner
laid out the main business street of the new
town to a width of 80 feet, since his employer
was giving the land and had plenty of it. The
railroad right of way was 200 feet wide with
a 50-foot street on each side. Green on the
west and Jefferson on the east. All other
streets in the town were laid out to a width
of 60 feet.
Plat for the Original Town of Polo was
filed with the clerk of the circuit court
March 15, 1853. On the west side of the rail-
road its southern boundary was Webster
street, extended west to Division thence
north on Division to North street, thence east
to the railroad one block south to Dixon
street, eastward to Prairie street, and south
to Webster street, consisting of 17 square
How rapidly the town grew is shown by
the dates of the subdivisions added to the
Original Town. The first one, quite natur-
ally, was that of Mr. Aplington which was
surveyed Nov. 23, 1854 and filed Jan. 30.
1855. He was listed as the "owner and pro-
Chanceford and L. N. Barber filed their
subdivision May 20, 1855 and Mrs. Catherine
R. Chatfield followed with hers Aug. 30, 1855.
V. B. Webster filed his October 6 and Tho-
mas Cutts filed the last one of the year on
Nov. 16, 1855. Other early subdivisions were
filed by Mr. Aplington for his second, Aug.
14, 1857 and Samuel Waterbury filed his on
June 18 the same year.
Mr. Aplington et al, knowing that new
towns to thrive must have population, held
the first public sale of town lots in May of
1853 but the plat was not acknowledged by
the owners until February of 1854. It was
recorded March 15, 1854.
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In the meantime, work on the raih-oad
was commenced in 1852 and by December of
1853 the contractors had finished their work.
However, railroad traffic was delayed be-
cause a bridge at Dixon had not been com-
pleted and it was a year, or a little more, be-
fore trains began running. The first train
crossing took place about January 1, 1855.
Trains had descended from Freeport to
Forreston and Polo prior to that date, haul-
ing in lumber and other commodities. A Mr.
Bassett said he had shipped lumber from
Chicago via the Galena & Chicago Union to
Freeport thence to Forreston in the early
spring of 1854.
The coming of the railroad was the sig-
nal for an outburst of activity in building.
Harrison Coller built one of the first houses
in Polo just north of the stone building more
recently the Typer law office, in 1853. That
was the signal and the rush was on.
Zenas Aplington commenced a brick
building, the first in Polo, on the corner of
Mason and Franklin in 1853 but did not occu-
py it completely until 1854. It was about this
time that the town's first hotel was built. It
was the Pennsylvania House erected on Lot
12 Block 14 North Franklin. It was razed in
1957 showing the scars of two fires.
Another early hotel was the Haynes
House built in 1857 by William Haynes on
the site occupied by the home of Mrs. Wm.
Forsyth at 203 N. Franklin Avenue. Still
another was one built by John Jay. All of
these small houses were operating in the
spring of 1854, an indication of the rapidity
with which growth took place.
"The music of the saw and the hammer,"
said one early writer, "was heard on every
hand." Population increased so fast during
the winter of 1854-55 that Lucy A. Bassett,
Polo's first school teacher, opened classes in
the Williams building on the north side of
Mason street on the site of Muench's Shoe
One writer said that 500 houses were
built in the two years after the town was
platted. While that may be "chamber of com-
merce talk," it is certain that the upsurge in
building of both homes and business build-
ings was immense as was usual with new
Harrison Sanford erected a two-story ho-
tel on the southeast corner of Block 21 which
is the site of the present Marco Polo hotel in
1855. It was widely known as the Sanford
House. Later another story was added and a
new wing built but it wasn't long until the
structure was considered unsafe. It was then
razed about 1870 and a new, better Sanford
House arose on the same site. It was at the
original Sanford House that Abraham Lin-
coln and Judge J. D. Campbell breakfasted
together the day following Lincoln's debate
with John Wentworth in Oregon, in 1856.
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Agnes Hartwig, Jessie Quest, Ida Quest, Ol-
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The late Guy Donaldson surveyed this afternoon scene on East Mason from a point in front
of D. Buck's hardware, with Welch's Shoe Store next door. Notice the mail box, buttons on
the boy's short pants. Any boy who got just to sit in a car was a hero immediately.
With four hotels already in business, A
farmer, Pearson Shoemaker, in 1855 saw op-
ening for another, one that featured big home
cooked dinners for hungry seekers after their
fortunes in the new country. He was still the
proprietor of his Orient House in 1878 and
Mrs. Wm. R. Johnson, his granddaughter,
remembers him; this fact places his opera-
tion at a much later date. His first Orient
House may be seen on page 25.
This first Orient House was done over,
length added and a bay put on the south side
but what year is not known. The Orient
House as seen on page 22 was destroyed by
fire Dec. 11, 1903, to be replaced by the pres-
ent brick structure.
The fire bell was rung and the hose cart
drawn by one horse with Will Brown in
charge arrived at the scene and just about
2 a.m. connections had been made. The oper-
ation was delayed 15 minutes by the ap-
proach of an ICRR freight train over which
tracks the hose was laid. The structure was
burned to the ground.
Churches flourished and through the
generosity of Zenas Aplington each one re-
ceived a gift to aid in the work. Printing
presses came; lodges came to draw their
members closer together, the Masonic in 1855
and the I.O.O.F. in 1856. Physicians and den-
tists came on the scene with Dr. W. W. Burns,
father of the late E. L. "Deacon" Burns and
Dr. Robert Fisher, the first, in 1853.
With the burgeoning population folks
sometimes disagreed and resorted to the law,
a condition that brought John D. Campbell,
later county judge, as the first permanent
lawyer, in 1855. Campbell became famous in
these parts as the owner of a herd of deer
for which he seems to be better known today.
A new town. Our Town, was rising and
in the years that followed it took its place
in the business, agricultural and spiritual life
of northern Illinois as a leader. The vision
of the Young Turks who beckoned to the
railway was fast becoming fact. Population
brought establishment of the Polo "Sentinel",
the first newspaper in 1856, the year in which
the ICRR files say "Polo boasted a population
Literally. Polo was a town without a gov-
ernment but folk generally got along quite
well together. While this was true they saw
the need of a village government. The town
was incorporated by act of the state legisla-
ture Feb. 16, 1857, from which date Our
Town exists officially.
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ceeded to activate the new government at
an election held in the basement of Zenas
Aplington's store. The date was April 16, 1857
with the following results: Zenas Aplington,
J. B. More, Cornelius Woodruff, J. M. Reed,
James Brand, S. E. Treat and H. N. Murray
elected as trustees, chosen from among 28
candidates, for whom 855 votes were cast.
Election of officers resulted in Mr. Ap-
lington being elected president and Mr. More
clerk. Each trustee was required to swear
that he had never "fought a duel, presented
or accepted a challenge to fight a duel the
probable issue of which might have been the
death of either party," and that he would re-
frain from any connection with a duel in the
The first official act of the board of trus-
tees was to require a license of all circuses
and entertainment: circus $10; vocalists $5;
jugglers $10; paintings and panoramas $10.
Thus the first village board encouraged cul-
ture by letting singers come in for $5. The
town has maintained this early encourage-
ment of artistic endeavor.
It was a busy time for everyone, the year
1857. The village board met seven times dur-
ing the town's first month of legal existence.
Among the official acts of those first days
was a levy of two days of labor for poll tax;
ordinance affecting the building of sidewalks;
hogs running loose about town; putting
'pounded stone' around the town pump ;levy-
ing fines for assault and battery, drunken-
ness, gambling and disturbing the peace;
driving or riding horses, mules or oxen on
the sidewalks; appointing fire wardens; and
rental of offices for the village board, among
many others. Population and business were
exploding; in the year 1858 all of 55 build-
ings were erected, mostly for business.
While Our Town was not "dry behind
the ears" as a legal entity the village board
was looking ahead to beautification of the
streets. On April 19, 1859, an ordinance was
enacted requiring citizens to plant suitable
shade or ornamental trees in front of their
property. The town was a colony of human
beavers working early and late to construct
a foundation for themselves and for those
who should follow, a foundation that would
last. How well they planned and executed
their plans is evidenced today in the beauti-
ful streets of Polo.
Within four years after completion of
the railroad in 1855 Polo had two printing
offices and newspapers, three hotels, nine
grain dealers, seven dry goods stores, two
drug and book stores, two hardware stores,
one melodeon factory, one wind grist mill,
one steam planing mill, three blacksmith
shops, two bakeries, fifteen carpenters, four
shoe shops, three lawyers, two coal yards, one
wagon factory, one wood turner, three tailors,
one cooper shop, three harness shops, one
tin shop, one paint and oil store, two paint-
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ers, two dentists, four practicing physicians,
one furniture room and cabinet shop, and
four lumber yards.
Business in the early days of our Town
was not the only segment of the society to
flourish. Organized free education was only
a few steps behind Lucy Bassett's classes in
Williams Hall. Classes were held soon there-
after in what is now the home of Mrs. Mul-
brey Mulnix, 317 South Franklin, that of
Archie Smith, 402 S. Congress, and that of
Dr. Louise Keator, 112 N. Division, this lat-
ter Polo's First town hall built by James
Polo schools operated under the Buffalo
Grove district until April 21, 1856, when a
new district was organized and called Dis-
trict No. 2. The new district was barely or-
ganized when it was divided with Mason
street as the dividing line; that part north of
Mason was called District No. 1 and that
south of Mason District No. 9. From April
1857 until the creation of the Polo School
District in February 1867 the two districts
operated separately although there were
many efforts at changes.
Our Town was jubilant when news came
from Springfield that the Polo School Dist-
rict had been created by the legislature. The
date was February 14, 1867. This action had
evidently been anticipated for in two weeks.
February 28, 1867, plans for a new school
building were completed and accepted by the
board, Dr. W. W. Burns, Col. Morton D.
Swift, and Andrew Hitt, Esq.
Plans called for the use of blue limestone
construction. Contracts were authorized im-
mediately for lumber, stone, and other ma-
terials. The work was commenced without
delay. When winter came the new school had
been completed and occupied. It served well
for several years but it had imperfections
which were discovered by the teachers and
pupils. The ventilation was poor; there were
no class rooms, and the building was heated
As early as 1884 dissatisfaction was build-
ing up for something better. By 1890 mount-
ing pressure had become heavy and in 1898
decision had been reached to move ahead to
a better plant. The old gave way to the new.
The 1867 school shown on page 61 was razed
and a new one built in 1899. On November 20
teachers and pupils proudly moved into the
new building which now serves as the grade
Another moving day came in 1927 when
all high school students with their teachers
marched from the old location to the new
building on the east side which had just been
completed. Now another move is imminent
with the construction of a new senior high
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Methodist Church 1834 — First in Buffalo Grove, First in Ogle County.
Our 123rd Year of Service
Dating back to the year 1834, Polo Method-
ism may well lay claim to being the foster mo-
ther of religious activity in this area, since there
was no preaching from Rock Island to Galena nor
from the Mississippi eastward for many miles.
First services were begun in the homes of
pioneer families and at the tavern of Oliver W.
Kellogg, a Methodist, ,iust south of the bridge
over Buffalo Creek at the site recently marked
as the home of Isaac Chambers, first white set-
tler in what is now Ogle county.
Our church was the first in Buffalo Grove
and in Ogle county, as well, although it was
not the first in Polo. Services soon were moved
to the Buffalo Grove school erected in 1836, and
they continued there until the church, shown on
this page, was built in 1850. The first class was
organized March 3, 1835 with seven members,
George, Anne and Nancy Wilcoxen, Stephen and
Mary Smith, Oliver W. Kellogg, and Aleitha
Polo grew so rapidly that Methodist services
began here Sunday afternoons in 1857. In 1860
this congregation had grown so much that a
new church enterprise was undertaken. The
site of the present church was acquired in 1860
in which year services were begun in a tempo-
rary structure where the parsonage now stands.
The new building was completed and dedicated
The present church was erected in 1898 after
several years of discussion of ways to eliminate
the crowded conditions. It's cost was $15,000.
The dedicatory services were held January 29,
1899. When the services opened there was a
deficit of $3,675 which amount was in the hands
of the trustees before the dedication service
ended. The parsonage was built in 1900 at a
cost of $3,800.
This is an account of the Methodist church
as a religious organization. The history of its
ministrations to those who have been its members
from time to time during the past 123 years
still speaks forth in an active church.
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school to be ready this fall. A new grade
school is also under construction.
Limited space prevents the documenta-
tion of public improvements such as paving,
electric light plants and others. The Burling-
ton railroad came through in 1886 giving the
town added freight and passenger service. By
1921 passenger service was at its peak. M. W.
Davis & Sons printed an R. R. timetable for
their purebred Poland China Sale, Feb. 28,
1921, which showed Polo then had 13 pas-
senger stops daily, six on the ICRR and sev-
en on the "Q."
When one comes to the end of a story
he only then appeciates the many things that
should have had mention. And so it is with
this brief account of Our Family Tree. Our
Town is proud of its past, its founders, as well
as those who have conserved along the way
to the end of the First Hundred Years and
the beginning of the Second Century. The
pioneers long ago finished their work; the
time of growing found others ready to put
their minds to the task of building upon what
had been handed down to them. Now it will
soon fall to younger hearts and hands to take
over, to conserve and to forge ahead with ac-
tions necessary for building the sort of a com-
munity, state and nation that will add most
to their happiness and well being and to that
of future generations that one day will take
over from them.
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An early visitor to the Rock River coun-
try, Hon. J. Gillespie, observed that "it is a
fact that the honeybee is just in advance of
the white population in the settlement of a
new country, and its first appearance is a
cause of great anxiety to the Indian."
In describing his approach to the Rock
River this writer said "the only indications
we found that human beings had been there
before us were where the Indians had cut
off the branches of the trees in which the
honey-bees had made their hives.
"The groves seemed to have been alive
with them judging from the number of trees
from which they had been dislodged. The In-
dians would not cut down the trees but
would climb up and cut off the limb that
contained the honey, or cut into the side of
the tree where the hive was in the trunk.
"I have observed that for a few years af-
ter the honey-bee makes its first appearance
it increases with wonderful rapidity and af-
ter some ten or fifteen years begins to de-
"They had been but a few years in the
country between the Illinois and Rock Riv-
ers when I passed through. They had not yet
arrived in the mining country until 1826 or
Polo Street Scene From Post Office West In The 1880s
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Seen here are the seventh and eighth graders
of 1885, models of style and erudition. The three
boys sitting on the ground, left to right: Hugh Grif-
fin, Wm. Frank Attley, Lawson Scott. First row,
girls: Ella (Yeakel) Stahler, Jessie (Cairnes) Shoe-
bottom, Anna (Lawrence) McQuaid, Madge (Allen)
Cook, Mae (Kline) Smith, Hattie (Strock) Schry-
ver, Nora (Miller) Wasser, Anna (Bain) Attley,
Anna Price, Florence Hammer, Cora Cunningham,
Nellie Burbank, Ellen (Hays) Woolsey, Bessie
Snook, Julia Vaughn, Mabel Danielson. At right.
Miss Anna Steele, teacher. Third row: Imogene
Anderson, Cora Hibarger, Lucy Williams, Ann Gor-
don, Esther Waterbury, Anna Williams, Jessie
(Schryver) Milne, Minnie Cornelius. Fourth row:
Monnie Metz, Charlie Clark, George Bracken, Frank
Niman, Frank Brubaker, Herman Smith, Pearlie
Herrick, John O'Connor. Will St. John, George Ni-
man. Back row: George Good, Wayland Treat, Frank
Cunningham, Charlie Price, Sam Adams, Will or
Kimble Hobbs, Elmer Antrim, Harvey Antrim,
William (Whiskers) Dew.
Overhauls - Tune Ups
Woosung Lumber Co.
PHONE POLO 6-1882
Phone 6-2892 Polo
Need Groceries? Get them at our Store.
Best Wishes to Polo on
Its Second 100 Years
We pause at this Centennial time to pay honor
to the men who pioneered at Buffalo Grove and
those who planned and caused to be surveyed the
Original Town of Polo. May we do as well in the Sec-
ond Hundred Years as they did in the first.
Our Company as an important part of Polo hopes
to play its full part in the continued development of
ISlorthwestern Telephone Co.
This Polo Cornet Band was going strong in the early 1880s. No. 8 was John Bowers, No. 8
Rene Smith, No. 12 Henry Miller, No. 13 W. F. Clothier, from left to right. The bandwagon
was a honey. These were the Golden Days of band music . . . when bandsmen were heroes.
HARRY A. FOLK
1885 to 1957
The Best in Feeds
Harry A. Folk
Your FEED Dealer for 17 Years
Phone 6-3452 Polo, 111.
For Men and Boys— at
the right prices! Also—
The World's Best
Men's and Boys' Wear
Pioneer traffic in the 1830s streamed over
this now lonely but beautiful stone arch
bridge on the Peoria-Galena State Road at
Chambers Grove just beyond Brookville. The
cemetery where Isaac and Ann Lee Cham-
bers rest is directly through the arch and
to the right in the woods. David Hoffhine,
Charles Franks and others rest there. First
person to be buried in the cemetery was an
unknown mother who died in childbirth after
she had been taken in as her time approached,
by Mrs. Chambers. This section of the road
"now belongs with the ages." Authorities
seem to agree that Lincoln camped near this
bridge in 1832 on his way to Galena and a-
gain on the return march.
Best Points & Varnishes
All-Kote — One Coat Flat Paint.
Magic-Flo — Quick Drying Enamel.
Hi-Gloss & Semi-Gloss Wall Enamel
Tripl-Tuff Floor Finishes.
Master-Made House Paint.
'Where to Buy It
122 W. Mason
1950 ^ Anniversary ^ 195 7
Polo's 100th - - ^ Our 7th
Those Polo leaders of a century ago had dreams of
the future and they made them come true, as our
Centennial so vividly shows. Our own plans for the
future now in progress on our Seventh Anniversary
will add materially to our ability to give employ-
ment to more people.
In our First Seven years we have tried to be a
real asset to our community. Our hope for the future
is to become an even greater asset.
Our Best Wishes to Polo as it begins its Second
Central Stamping & Mfg. Co.
900 SOUTH DIVISION STREET - POLO, ILLINOIS
Executive — Douglas White, J. Anthony Smith, Irma O'Kane, Doris Weaver, John Phalen
Directors — John Phalen, president; Douglas White, Evan Reck, Grant Riggs Jr., Annabel McGrath,
Everett Webster, Mrs. Richard Schell, Rev. Ira Wilson, C. R. Clothier, Nathan Mount, Eddie Ports,
Evangeline H. Donaldson, E. H. Cassens, J. Anthony Smith, Mrs. Helen Bentley, Harry A. Wolf,
Axel Olsen, Ross W. Hostetter, John Coffman, Charles Joiner, Miss Delia Miller, Miss Pearle Join-
er. John Heckman, Mrs. Annabel Winders Kopp. J. J. Ports, George Strickler (1876-1956).
Fireworks — Lester Weaver Underwriting— Chas. J. Wolf Decorations — E. J. Diehl
Novelties: John Merry, Russell Scholl, Mrs.
Annabel Kopp: Concessions: Clyde Powell, Elwyn
Wolf, Robert Hoak, Mildred Hoak; Centennial
Celebration Ball; Clyde Powell, Helen Wolf, Ralph
Davis, Virginia Galor, Roberta Powell, Gene Kleck-
ler, Frances Dempsey, Elwyn Wolf, Margaret Nigh-
swonger, Virgil Waterbury.
Press Release: Kathryn Keagy: Radio and TV:
Arthur Eichholz; Distribution: Harry Folk, Ken
Brown; Speaker; Chas. Wolf, Rev. Wilson, John
Dignitaries: Isabelle Schell; Housing: Mrs.
Richard Folk, Mrs. Willard Hogge; Pioneer Recogni-
tion: Irma O'Kane.
SPECTACLE TICKET DIVISION
Tickets: Martin Schryver, Janet Eichholz, Jean
Schryver, AUie Schryver; Queen Contest: John
Frayser, Buffalo Belles; Cashier and Gates: Willis
Pittenger, Albert Iske, Lee Hummel, Don Doyle,
BROTHERS OF THE BRUSH
Chapter Head Brother Sponsor
Green Ties, Chuck Dempewolf, Bob's Barber Shop
Roto-Brush, Eddie Ports, Rotary Club
3-B Boys, Steve Stanich Steve's Tavern
Growlers, Bob Duncan, Lions Club
Yellow Vests, Harvey Dykema Lions Club
Casey Jones. Russell Scholl Methodist Church
Black Ties, Fay Barnhart, Christian Church
Chain Gang, Don Blanchard. Al's Tavern
Hoyle's Bearded Fugitives, Bill Ritenour, Cozy Cafe
Balls O' Fire. Harold Brooks, Polo Fire Department
"Spunge" Heads, Bob Hoffman, VFW
Order of the Matted Marcos, Ronnie Barnes, Bud's
Those of the oldest living generations of
Polo recall having heard of "The Wigwam,"
pictured above, but not one could remember
where it stood. It was built during the Civil
War on the site now occupied by Eddie Tyne's
Station and the Jacob Ramp home on North
Division. It appears to have been of pole con-
struction, open at the sides and partially at
the ends, used for community purposes, per-
haps a local fair. The original is the property
of the Illinois State Historical Library which
loaned it for the Centennial Program.
Since 1865 the Tri-County Press has
had only four editors, John W. Clinton,
1865-1901, A. T. Cowan, 1901-1913, C. H.
Hemingway, 1913-1926, and G. C. Terry,
Of these, two served as president of
the Illinois Press Association. They were
Mr. Clinton and the present publisher,
the former in 1883, the latter in 1940.
However, Mr. Cowan and Mr. Heming-
way might well have served in that
capacity for both were highly qualified.
The Centennial month of June is also
the Centennial of the Tri-County Press,
which traces its lineage from 1857 as
OGLE COUNTY PRESS
.Scenario: Fan Schryver, Doris Weaver, Cath-
erine Phalen; Cast Committee: Mrs. Dan Fierheller
Camilla Jones, Mrs. Evan Reck, Mrs. Ralph Ports-
Properties: Russell Poole, Mrs. Buell Brodie Mr'
Buell Brodie, Mrs. Robert Lund, Mr. Robert Lund-
Construction: Don Doyle. Rich Naylon. Ralph Ports-
Spectacle Music: Rodger Troxel, Easter Cantata
numbers; Costumes and Make-Up: Daisy Belles of
the P. E. O.— Helen Bcntley, Norma Boyes Elva
Burman, Marguerite Coffey, Carol Coffman. Mary
Copenhaver, Esther Davies. Ina Hostetter, Florence
Joiner, Jeanette Joiner, Zella Joiner, Elizabeth Ann
Kaufman, Helen McDaniel, Aileen McGrath, Anna-
bel McGrath, Milbrey Mulni.x, Vera Ocker, Clara
Cottam,. Catherine Phalen, Grovene Pittenger, Flo-
rence Rowland, Marjorie Stuff, Fannie Schryver,
Nelle Seise, Romano Terry.
Merchants' Promotion: B. A. Muench; Parades:
Grant Riggs, Carl Smith, Leonard Eykamp, Vernon
Volz. Max Snook, John Brockwell; Music Comm :
Ned Parrett; Sunday, Religious Day: Ira Wilson.
Glen Isley, La Verne Binkley, Mrs. Stanley Web-
ster, Mrs. Herbert Hayes; Monday, Old Timer's
Day: Elery Shank. John Brindle, Jake Ramp. E\--
erett Webster; Tuesday, Youth Day; Mrs. Paul
Fossler, Mrs, Clara Davis, M. R. Van Cleave, Doris
Powell, Albert Iske, Mark Porter; Wednesday.
Ladies Day: Iris Sweet and Sisters of the Swish;
Thursday, Agriculture Day: John Coffman, Bob
Duncan, Harold Brooks, Orlo Wehmeyer, Russell
Poole, Ralph Stuff, Fred Krum, Orville Rucker;
Friday, Men's Day: Rich Naylon and Brothers of
the Brush; Saturday, Military Day: Grant Riggs.
Carl Smith, Leonard Eykamp, Vernon Volz, Max
Snook, John Brockwell; Sunday, Clean-Up Day:
Everyone welcome to help.
SISTERS OF THE SWISH
Chapter President Sponsor
Aplington Peaches, Mrs. Russell Haak
Belle Stars, Mrs. Ben Sanford, Eastern Star
Belles Sec. 43', Mrs. Isabelle Schell, Eve. Worn. Club
Black Bandettes, Mrs. John Gasmund
Buffalo Belles, Helen Wolf
Buttons, Bustles and Bows, Maria Powell, H. S. Jrs
Century Lites, Mrs. William Johnson, Century Club
Colonial Sweets, Mrs. W. T. Graham, Candy Project
Covered Wagon Cuties, Gloria Scholl, H. S. Soph
Daisy Belles, Annabel McGrath, P. E. O.
Daughters of Pioneers, Mrs. John Powell
Farmerettes, Mrs. Oscar Wragg, Pine Creek
Friendly Swishers, Mrs. R. O. Blough, Church of Br
Guyer Girls, Methodist Church
Harvey Girls, Lola Brantner, Methodist Church
Harvey Girls No. 2, Marjorie Bomberger. Meth. Ch
Log Cabin Ladies. Mrs. Menno Maas, Church of Br
Marco Belles, Mrs. Win Hurdle
Marionettes, Mrs. Don Doyle, St. Mary's Church
Old Town Gals, Janet Toms Wicklum. Buffalo Gr.
Parmalee Girls, Dorothy Smith, Grade Sch. Teach.
Prairie Flowers. Karen Lingg, H. S. Freshmen
Pioneer Homebuilders. .Mrs. Paul Schmidt, C. of Br
Prairie Janes, Mrs. Fred Graehling
Pres. Pioneers, Irma O'Kane
Rebekahettes, Mrs. Walter Hendrix, Rebekah's
Ruffle-Ettes, Marlene Powell, H. S. Seniors
Southern Belles. Bernice Horton
Sun Bonnet Sue's, Mrs. Joyce Kavanaugh
Swanky Belles, Thelma Schwenk, Schwenk's Store
Swish Squaws, Martha Olson. Am. Legion Aux
Tourist Belles, Grovene Pittenger, Would-Be Tour-
Vet Ettes, Mrs. Wm. Palmer, V. F. W. Aux
Wesleyettes, Mrs. Nathan Mount, Methodist Church
The Citizens of Polo Community Proudly Present The Dramatic
Historical Panorama ^^Our Century^^
A JOHN B. ROGERS PRODUCTION
James T. Egbert, Producer-Director
NARRATORS: Mrs. Dan Fierheller, Mrs. Evan Rsck, Mrs. Ben Sanford. Jr., Mrs. Ned Parrett, John
Phalen, Lee Hummel, Dan Fierheller, Everett Webster.
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES WITH CAST LISTINGS AND SPONSOR CREDITS
Produced in conjunction with
THE POLO COMMUNITY CENTENNIAL ASSOCIATION
A fanfare of golden trumpets herald the arrival of
our Centennial Queen "MISS POLO", preceded by
her Royal Court of Honor, with the Princesses,
States to Columbia, Sailorettes, Girl Scouts and
Boy Scouts, paying homage to their Sovereign . . .
Sponsored by: Polo Evening Woman's Club
Carol Naylon, Sue Ellen Ketner, Linda Hogge,
Eleanor Iske, Susan Schell, Sharon Garman.
Sponsored by: Civic League
Marjorie Klock, Juanita Sweet, Mary Ann Barnes,
Mary Kay Sarber, Shirley Cross, Dace Treknais,
Irene Gumn, Linda Andrews, Jackie McKean, Judy
Hoffman, Brenda Ford, Rosalie Boward, Linda Man-
cilia, Donna Lohman, Linda Temple, Patsy Man-
Sponsored by: Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8455
Paul Fouke, Bob Hoffman, Junior Lawton, Paul
Brenner. Stan Hutchison, Hallie Wiens, George
Shank, Robert Fouke, VFW Auxiliary Marching Un.
STATES TO COLUMBIA
Sponsored by: Prairie Flowers
Kay White. Diane Dickerson. Linda Hopkins, San-
dra" Sheeley, Sharon Garden. Miriam Wilson. Arlene
Carr, Karen Miller, Karen Lingg, Ruta Treknais.
Sponsored by: Rotary Club.
Bill Barnes. Mike Schnierla, Rickie Schnierla, Gary
Van Cleave, Norman Carroll, David Wilson, George
Poffenberger, Bobbie Smith, Tommie Poole, Dick
Sponsored by: Cub Scouts of Polo, Cub Pack 337,
Dens 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Roger Lee Gunder. Steve Gunder, Wayne Brooks,
David Clem, Alvin Ramp, Randy Wagner, Richard
Bellows, Tommy Smith, Roger Garrison, Robert
Fry, Lynn Snook, Goby Kaufman, Ronnie Parrett,
Deryl Donaldson, Bruce Tidwell. Lynn Sarber,
Kent Prison, Robert Pace, Ronald Carroll, Martin
Taylor. Tommy Hogge. Clarence Turek, Joel An-
drews, Micky Scholl, Jimmy Wikoff, Dean Gunder.
Sponsored by: Girl Scouts of Polo, Troops 101, 51, 52.
Shirley Powell, Cheryl Reim, Frances Mancilla,
Karen Meyers, Kay Johnson, Charlene Hawn. Ca-
milla Sarber, Shirley Pritchard, Sharon Mount,
Karen Aabram. Diane Duncan, Cheryl Eager. Gor-
gena Lou Grace. Marilyn Hammer, Kay Kuehl,
Stephanie Phalen, Gail Shadewaldt, Sandra Tolbert,
Lynn Typer, Patty Smith, JoAnn Sweet, Georgia
Van Oosten, Diana Porter, Doris Shank, Sandra
Hall, Sheila Carlson. Sharon Frey, Diana Hardy,
Nancy McGuire, Margaret Kilday. Sharon Ports,
Kathy Chriss, Lillian Engle, Janet Hamel, Gail Poff-
enberger, Lucretia Schryver, Margaret Wales, San-
dra White, Beverly Gaul, Jane Bushman, Martha
Hurdle, Barbara Millard. Patty Powell, Marcia Rid-
dle, Rosemary Wilson, Carolyn Wolf, Neita Webster,
Cheryel Sanford, Pamela Ritenour, Laurel Clothier,
Debbie Dykema, Jane Gasmund. Joann Gasmund,
Elaine Jecklin, Diana Kemnetz, Pamela Raleigh.
"This Is The Polo Story"
This is the American Story . . . and the story of
Polo Community ... it is an epic of a tidal wave
of freedom loving men and women sweeping on to
a new world rich with natural resources beyond the
dreams of the ages. With dauntless courage they
dared the unknown; with flashing axe they widened
its trails and cleared its great expanses; with un-
ceasing determination they built a new era in civ-
ilization and built our great Community of Polo.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Poole and family.
"The Men of Destiny"
For countless Moons, the Red Men have lived in
their tepee-studded villages, criss-croSsed by the
hunting paths which follow the Rock River. Here,
on the green banks of the moving stre&m ths Win-
nebagoes, the Sacs and Foxes fish, then roam
through the prairie seeking wild game, while the
women tend to the growing maize . . . Then into
their primitive atmosphere there comes a new and
strange pale-faced White Man. Thus we observe
the Red Man with his living soon to change.
WINNEBAGO CHIEF: John Frayser, or Rich Folk.
Sponsored by: Civic League.
ILLINI CHIEF: Russell Jones.
Sponsored by: Civic League.
Sponsored by Civic League and Aplington Peaches
Gene McKean. Bob Gaul, Pat Ruble, Billy Brooks,
Stephen Parrett, William Coffman, Justin Ramp,
Rich Paul, Bob Paul, James Hackett, Bruce Blum,
Sponsored by: Be Better Friends, Halcyon Club,
Wednesday Club, American Legion Auxiliary.
Ina Reed, Doris Blough. Mary Death, Fern Graeh-
ling, Verna Stengel, Hazel Coffman, Marjorie Stuff,
Betty Swallow, Linda Laane, Carol Davidson, Carol
Coffman, Ida M. Trieschmann, Helen Swanson.
Sponsored by: American Legion Auxiliary.
Jane Ann Olson, Patty Powell, Kirsten Powell,
Debbie Reed, Jean Sweet, Nancy Olsen, Charlene
Sponsored by: American Legion Auxiliary.
Danny Olson, Curtis Olson, Denny Olsen, Kim Ol-
sen, David Sweet, Rick Schnierla, Mike Schnierla.
Sponsored by: Marionettes and American Legion
Martha Olson, Maxine Olsen, Louise Rucker, Au-
drey McPherson, Arlene Weaver, Bess Reed, Inge-
bord Olsen, Iris Sweet, Sally Sweet, Ruth Sweet,
Doris Powell, Betty Perrin, Jean Smith, Irene Beck-
enbaugh, Elaine Prey, Mary Kilday, Ruth Clem,
Mary Ann Hackett, Sharon Smith, Virginia Powell,
Ruth Drake, Jean Pards, Carolyn Stoner, Karen
Joiner, Carolyn Cook, Cheryl Clark, Sharon Wilson.
SOLOIST: Randi Joiner
"Unto This Land"
Westward Ho, The Wagons!
The American emigrant now appeared on the scene,
hauling in his rude covered wagon the elements of
Nineteenth Century Progress. We see a typical cov-
ered wagon train planning to "rest a bit and stretch
a mite!" In each wagon going west were various
plans and ambitions . . . some of them hopes and
a few of them still dreams, many religions and ten
times as many prayers.
Isaac Chambers welcomes the band of pioneers . . .
and news from the East . . . many things happen in
a day of a wagon train going West. A traveling trap-
per appears on the scene, tunes up his fiddle and the
pioneer settlers engage in a lively square dance
which "kinda top off the day's labors."
MR. & l^RS. ISAAC CHAMBERS:
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Clothier.
GRANNY BROWN; Mrs. Irma O'Kane
TRAVELING FIDDLER: Lester Schick
Sponsored by: Historical Society.
Bob Pollock (wagon leader), E. J. Diehl, (wagon
leader), Russell Poole (new father), Dan Fierheller,
Ross Hostetter, Ed Reck. Evan Reck, Preston Beck-
enbaugh, Leslie Scott, Harry Folk.
Johnnie Poole, David Poole, Duane Rubendahl,
Suzanne Poole, Debbi Reed, Jean Van Cleave, Helga
Schwab, and Susan Reck.
Camilla Jones, Hazel Franks, Irma Reed, Margaret
Mades, Neva Baker, Katherine Phalen, Irma O'-
Kane, Pearle Joiner, Mrs. Roy Riggs, Mrs. Elmer
Weaver, Mrs. Harry Folk, Mrs. C. R Clothier, Mrs.
Lydia Clem, Marjorie Wilson, Verna Dentler, Kath-
leen Samuels, Pearl Buchanan, Thirl Hurless, La-
Donne Hendrix, Fern Keenan, Dorothy Webster,
Norma Poole, Dorothy Bowers, Eva Johnson, Nelle
Coffey, Ellen Stenmark, Ida Trieschmann.
Sponsored by: Historical Society, Rebekahettes.
Sponsored by: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Ports.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Joynt, Mr. and Mrs Max Pope,
Mr. and Mrs. Kelley Pope, Mr. and Mrs. James
Imel, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Binkley, Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Gipe, Mr. and Mrs. Don Lawton, Mr. and
Mrs. Russell Burnell, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schell,
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Don
Doyle, Mr. and Mrs Ralph Ports, Mr. and Mrs.
Garland Grace, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Powell, Elwin
Wolf, Mr. and Mrs. William Palmer, Miss Shirley
Moeller, Miss Gloria Scholl, Miss Sandra Sheely,
Miss Linda Nevenhoven, Eddie Pope, Jack Bott,
Ricky Pope, Marvin Binkley, Leroy Nicodemus,
Larry Kilday, Robert Gaul, Ronald Ruble, Miss
Joyce Hoffman, Miss Evelyn Ruble, Miss Marlene
Weegens, Miss Dorothy Lawton, Mr. and Mrs. Glen
Sheely, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nevenhoven, Mr. and
Mrs. Kenneth Hayes, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kane,
Mr. and Mrs. John Gasmund, Mr. and Mrs. Barney
Blum, Mr. and Mrs. Junior Wiens, Mr. and Mrs.
Jacob Jecklin, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur A. Johnson,
Mr. and Mrs John Holiday Sr., Miss Louanne Ru-
dahl, Mr. Brandt Johnson. Miss Kay Middleton,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Myers, Mr. and Mrs. Roy
Brockmeier, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hageman, Mr.
and Mrs. Harleck Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Cook,
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Ackerman, Mr. and Mrs. William Kampen, Mr. and
Mrs. Laurence Rosentiel, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene
Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hilbert, Mr. and
Mrs. Ross Zimmerman, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nott,
Mr. and Mrs. John Hendren, Mr. and Mrs. Chester
Raberg, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mellnick, Mr. and
Mrs Ernest Rademaker, Mr. and Mrs. John Baum-
gartner, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bocker, Mr. and Mrs.
Lyle Deuth, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Pierce, John Holi-
"The Seventh Day"
When the pioneers came to this land they brought
not only their beliefs in Democracy, freedom of op-
portunity, but they brought with them their beliefs
in God and the Freedom of Worship. The earliest
public worship of which history leaves an account
was conducted by the Methodists in 1834, in a log
house in Buffalo Township. In 1840, the First Bap-
tist church of Buffalo Grove was organized. Those
of the Catholic Faith first attended Mass in 1854, in
the homes of parishioners and later these people
were the first to erect a church in the City of Polo
THE .FIRST CATHOLIC CHURCH:
Sponsored by: Marionettes.
MISSIONARY PRIEST: John Long.
ALTAR BOYS: Ronald Carroll, Le Roy Long.
Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Long, Miss Mary Long, Gary
Long, Norman Carroll, Diane Carroll, Donna Carroll
FIRST PROTESTANT CHURCH:
Sponsored by: Marionettes.
JAMES McKEAN, ORGANIZER: Ed Reck.
GEORGE WILCOXEN: Harry Folk
METHODIST FAMILY: Mr. and Mrs. Evan Reck.
SUSAN AND HER PLAYMATES: Jean Van Cleave
and Helga Schwab.
THE FIRST CONGREGATION:
Sponsored by: Presbyterian Pioneers, Historical
Society and Log Cabin Ladies.
MINISTERS: William Dew and Clarence Stull.
Mr. and Mrs. Elery Shank, Mrs. John Brindle, Mr.
and Mrs. Alpha Bellows, Mr. and Mrs. Everett
Webster, Mr, and Mrs. Clarence Stull, Mr. and Mrs.
Menno Maas, Mrs. Arthur Swanson, Miss Betty
Swanson, Mrs. Walter Maxey, Miss Pearle Joiner,
Mrs. Arthur Obendorf, Mrs. Camilla Jones, Mrs.
Irma O'Kane, Walter Maxey, Miles Rogers, Elmer
Reed, John Coffman, Ray Hedrick, Bob Pollock,
E. J. Diehl, Russell Poole, Ross Hostetter, Ed Reck,
Preston Beckenbaugh. Leslie Scott, John Poole,
David Poole, Dwane Rubendahl, David Wilson,
Suzanne Poole, Debbi Reed, Hazel Franks, Irma
Reed, Margaret Mades, Neva Baker, Catherine Pha-
len, Mrs. Roy Riggs, Mrs. Elmer Weaver, Mrs.
Harry Folk, Mrs. C. R. Clothier, Mrs. Lydia Clem,
Mrs. Marjorie Wilson, Verna Dentler, Kathleen
Samuels, Pearl Buchanan, Thirl Hurless, LaDonne
"The Dawn Of Education"
Early in the winter of 1834, Simon Fellows organ-
ized a small subscription school and classes were
held in the home of O. W. Kellogg . . . The First
Schoolhouse was a frame building built in 1836-
1837. It served the community as a combined school
house and chuixh. It is still standing today. Simon
Fellows was the first school master . . . his salary
was $76.29 ... for the YEAR! Let's look in on
a typical school of yesteryear . . .
SCHOOLMASTER: Mark Porter.
Sponsored by: Civic League.
Stephanie Phalen, Diane Porter, Gina Grace, Diana
Hardy, Curt Porter. Jonathan Wilson, Terry Grace,
James Schryver, Jr.. Wayne Brooks, Kathy Jobst,
"The Coining of The Ironhorse"
One of the greatest factors contributing to the steady
growth of Polo was the building of the Illinois
Central Railroad through Ogle County. Construc-
tion of the railroad was begun as early as 1837, but
due to financial difficulty, work was later aban-
doned and lay idle for some time, and it was not
until 1852, after many delays that the contracts
were awarded, work commenced. The road was built
to completion through Ogle County in 1853.
OLD FASHIONED PEOPLE
Sponsored by Historical Society, Rebekahettes and
Log Cabin Ladies.
Mr. and Mrs. Elery Shank. Mrs. John Brindle, Mr.
and Mrs. Alpha Bellows, Mr. and Mrs. Everett
Webster, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence StuU, Mr. and
Mrs. Menno Maas, La Donne Hendrix, Thirl Hurless,
Pearl Buchanan, Kathleen Samuels, Verna Dent-
ler, Marjorie Wilson.
Larry Knie; song title, "The Men of '29."
"The Famous Visitor"
One of the most important events in Polo's history,
past or present, was the memorable visit of Abra-
ham Lincoln ... It was in August of 1856, that
"The Railsplitter," scheduled to make a speech in
Oregon, was invited by and accepted the invitation
of Zenas Aplington to be a guest in his home.
Edgar Murney, Jr. (winner of Abraham Lincoln
ZENAS APLINGTON: Ross Hostetter
People From Previous scene as TOWNSPEOPLE.
"Our City Is Born"
The year, 1857 , . . The coming of the railroad,
and the by-passing of Buffalo Grove in 1853, spelled
doom to the small community, and an increased
population for Polo; for in addition to the people
from "Old Town," the population of Polo was in-
creased by others attracted to the area by the ad-
vantage ot its location ... so it was in the year of
1857 that Polo was legally born!
Sponsored by: Polo Rotary Club.
Axel Olsen, Howard Webster, Ross Hostetter, John
Coffman, George Linker, L. E. Raley.
TOWNSPEOPLE: People from previous episode.
"The Volume in Black"
With outbreak of the Civil War the progress of
Polo was checked as many young men marched off
to the defense of the Union. Hundreds of young
men volunteered in answer to the call of troops
by Zenas Aplington, now a member of the State
Senate. Shiloh . . . Antietam . . . Gettysburg! A
half million dead. Then the was was over, but of
the enlisted men credited to Polo, less than one-half
returned. Major Aplington of the Seventh Regiment
of the Illinois Cavalry . . . fell at the battle of
Corinth. Out of the madness of the creature called
war, came the soft gentle voice of Abraham Lincoln.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Edgar Murney, Jr.
UNION OFFICER: A. V. FLOWER.
CONFEDERATE OFFICER: Walter Supinger.
Sponsored by: Tyrian chapter No. 61, Royal Arch
AND PEOPLE FROM PREVIOUS EPISODE
"The Underground To Freedom"
The early Polo citizens took a strong anti-slavery
stand and in these days before the outbreak of the
Civil War, Polo served as one of the important
stations on the "Great Underground Railroad," ex-
tending from the slave states in the South, to the
Canadian Frontier . . . Hundreds of fugitive slaves
in their desperate flight to freedom, crossed the
river, and passed through Polo; finding shelter and
a peaceful haven for a few hours . . . Some slaves
stayed Among the well noted and dearly loved
were, Minerva and Black Betty.
"THE DELIVERER": Russell Poole
BLACK BETTY: Calvin Ebersole.
MINERVA: Jim Kilday
"The Gay 90's"
Changes were taking place all over the country
as the Twentieth Century Dawned ... In Polo,
the merchants were putting in plate glass windows;
electric lights came in 1896. Life moves at a faster
pace. Here we are at a 4th of July Picnic . . .
sometime around the turn of the century. You just
had to sample your girl friend's lunch. You were
wearing your derby and peg-top trousers . . . she
was wearing those "leg-o'-mutton" sleeves! Before
the day was over you had your Tin-type taken. Ev-
er3'body was having a grand time.
ELMER THE PHOTOGRAPHER;
Sponsored by: Polo Rotary Club.
THOSE BATHING BEAUTIES
Sponsored by: Polo Evening Woman's Club.
Mrs. Harold Johnson, Mrs. Paul Webster, Mrs.
Stanley Webster, Mrs Don Truckenbrod, Mrs. Jas.
Hawk," Mrs. Joe Jobst, Mrs. Robert Keefer, Mrs.
Marshall Schell, Mrs. Richard Schell, Mrs. John
Merry, Mrs. Anthony Smith, Mrs. James O'Connor,
Mrs. Russell Kramer, Mrs. Richard Folk, Mrs. Earl
Groves, Mrs. Willard Hogge, Mrs. Charles Ketner,
Mrs. Robert Lund.
KEYSTONE KOP: Larry Kilday.
THE "CAN CAN"
Sponsored by: Rufflettes
Randi Joiner, Karen Joiner, Beverly Turek, Juli-
anne Doyle, Theresa Long, Alice Boddiger, Sue Ann
Cannon, Bonnie Cannon, Carol Reichard, Carolyn
GAY 90'S WOMEN
Sponsored by: Aplington Peaches.
Mrs. Richard Rinard, Mrs. Robert Duncan, Mrs.
Lee Schuh, Mrs. Fred Capaul, Mrs. James Shade-
waldt, Mrs. Lester Schick, Mrs. Wayne Janecek,
Mrs. Gale Reinstra, Mrs. Russell Haak.
GAY 90'S MEN
Sponsored by Black Bandettes, Men's Garden Club,
Ralph Keckler, William Dew, Garland Grace, My-
ron Van Cleave, E. J. Diehl, Bob Lund.
GAY 90'S MEN and WOMEN
Sponsored by: Black Bandettes.
Mr. and Mrs. Junior Wiens, Mr. and Mrs. John
Gasmund, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Cox, Mr. and Mrs.
Byron Blum, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Van Oosten, Mr.
and Mrs. Jacob Jecklin, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Am-
beau, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Long, Mr. and Mrs.
Harvey Shrader, Mr. and Mrs. Max Shrader, Mr.
and Mrs. Ed Yingling.
BROOKVILLE E. U. B. CHURCH
Rev. C. J. Krell, pastor
CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
Rev. Hubert Newcomer, pastor
EAST JORDAN E. U. B. CHURCH
Rev. Eugene Moore, pastor
ELKHORN E. U. B. CHURCH
Rev. Harvey D. Gabel, pastor
EVAN. UNITED BRETHREN CHURCH
Rev. Ira Wilson, pastor
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Rev. Clifton E. Butler, pastor
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Rev. Bertram Davies, pastor
Rev. Ben F. White, pastor
OPEN BIBLE CHURCH, WOOSUNG
Rev. R. G. Foster, pastor
PINE CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Rev. Allan T. Shaw, pastor
ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
Rev. James Burke, pastor
ST. MARK'S LUTHERAN CHURCH
Rev. K. E. Irvin, pastor
See Polo from the air! Enjoy a thrilling
view of the city. Flights daily, day or
night. Bring your camera!
Demonstrations conducted for
MANUFACTURERS OF INDUSTRIAL REFRIGERATION
AND HEATING EQUIPMENT FOR MEAT AND FOOD
PACKING, PROCESSING AND STORAGE
GAY 90'S BOYS AND GIRLS
Sponsored by: Black Bandettes,
Jane Gasmund, JoAnn Gasmund, Elaine Jecklin,
Ruth Ann Jecklin, Pamela Wiens, Lorraine Long,
Michael Blum, Stanley Van Oosten, James Shrader,
Larry Blum, Kevin Wiens, Eugene Schick.
"Take Me Out To The Ball Game"
One of Polo's favorite sports has been baseball . .
and we certainly put out some great teams ....
So let's return to those days . . . not too long ago!
THE TEAM: Gareth Porter, Max Snook, Robert
Dempsey, Bob Folk, Randall Barnhart, Don Miller,
THE BATTER: Steve Parrett.
THE UMPIRE: Dave Mosher.
It is 1914 and President Wilson has protested un-
restricted submarine warfare as the War Clouds
once again appear on the horizon . . . Now, on
April 6, 1917, the United States declares war! And
Polo proudly gave of her sons and daughters in
"this conflict to end all wars" . . . Here we pay
tribute to those "Buddies" who never returned and
to all the boys who marched off to the tunes of
"Over There" and "Tipperary" during World War
One . . .
OFFICER: Paul Fouke.
Sponsored by: V. F. W.
BUGLER: Gary Van Cleave.
TROOPS: Sponsored by V. F. W.
"The Silent Flickers"
The War brought about progress in industry — in
fact, after the War the United States went into an
age of progress . . . and in Polo . . . progress was
under way . . . Do you remember when Vaudeville
began to suffer when the "Silent Flickers" arrived
about 1908? Perhaps you remember the old movie
house that was on the second floor of the Getzen-
The lights are dimming . . .
THEDA BAR A (the Vamp Siren of the Screen):
RUDOLPH VALENTINO (the Famous Lover):
HUBBY (The Villian): Bob Pollock
"The Daze of The Flappers"
This is the era of "plus fours," brazen "bobbed
hair," radio, flagpole sitting, ukeleles, "talking
pictures" . . . and yes . . . home brew! Only last
week a fellow named Lindberg made a non-stop
flight across the ocean all by himself! But the big
"memory" of the "Twenties" will be that latest . .
cartilage-crushing . . . dance craze . . . "The
ROARING 20'S BOYS
Sponsored by: Prairie Flowers.
Gary Dusing, Richard SchoU, Douglas Frison, John
Engel, Gene Haines, Robert Cassens, Larry Hack-
barth, Philip Frey.
ROARING 20'S GIRLS
Sponsored by: Prairie Flowers.
Alice Poffenberger, Diane Dickerson, Sue Ellen
Ketner, Kaye White, Shirley Moeller, Jean Scott,
"On All Fronts"
We are getting close to the present again . . . now
... it is the afternoon of Sunday, December 7, 1941
. . . Suddenly, the peace of the Sabbath dusk is
disrupted by the alarming news of the Attack on
Pearl Harbor . . . Once again the rumbling sounds
of War reach the ears of the surprised Nation! . . .
It is the next day and we are catapaulted into ano-
ther World Turmoil! And, like their fathers in the
first conflict, the sons and daughters of former
veterans took up arms in the defense of their coun-
try. We take time out in our story of Polo to com-
memorate both those who made the supreme sacri-
fice and those living who fought on all fronts for
the Cause of World Peace in this Second Siege For
RED CROSS WORKERS: Gladys Hammer, Hazel
Franks, Ruby Brodie, Wilda Kitzmiller.
Sponsored by: Marco Belles.
U. S. O. HOSTESS: Irene Kalas.
Sponsored by: Marco Belles.
JANE FROHMAN: Catherine Styczynski.
Sponsored by: Marco Belles.
Sponsored by: American Legion and V. F. W.
Paul Webster, Richard Kjolsing, George Swallow,
Oscar Olson, Robert Galor, John Brockwell, Axel
Olsen, Kenneth Brown, Orville Rucker, Carl Smith,
Max Snook, Kenneth Gaul, Dick Poole.
"The Beginning Or The End"
With the arrival of the 1940's there came Man's
knowledge of splitting the Atom . . . and with it
came the ingenuity and the means either to har-
ness its power for the good or the destruction of
the World . . . Since the time when our Second
World War was coming to a close and through our
struggle in Korea, when once again our young citi-
zens of Polo answered the Call, the threat of a new
engine of War has dangled over our heads like the
Sword of Damocles . . . Shall our knowledge of
the splitting of the Atom be used to insure the be-
ginning of a better Future, or shall it signify The
Beginning of the End? To bring you closer to its
tremendous import, we here simulate the explosion
of an Atomic Bomb . . .
"To The Future"
We bring back all of our People of the Past . . .
The Indians, Pioneers, Statesmen, Dignitaries, Old
Fashioned Folks, Soldiers, Gay Nineties, Revellers —
all the memorable Characters in the story of "OUR
Century" . . . through more than a century of
living, breathing, dramatic action . . to summarize
once again all the stirring realism that has illumi-
nated our Past and Present . . We now salute Polo's
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Now that the Souvenir Program is in your
hand the Co-Chairmen wish to acknowledge the
fine craftsmanship of certain people whose com-
bined skill and imagination made this book possi-
ble. The program w?s a joint production of the
Tri-County Press and the B. F. Shaw Printing Co.
of Dixon, certain employees of which firms, with
some others, were directly engaged on this project,
Mann Bros., Mt. Morris Cover Art
Mrs. C. E. Butler, Polo Linotype
William Kline, Polo Linotype
C. E. Camery, Polo Adv. Composition
C. H. Fahrney, Polo Letterpress
Bert Nordgren, Polo Photography
Ray Tingleaf, Dixon Offset Supr.
Wm. Ogan, Dixon Offset Camera
LeRoy Halbmaier Offset Plates
Frank Marshall, Darwin Slain Offset Press
Nearly everyone knows of the wagon
and buggy shop operated by John P. Miller,
father of Delia Miller, but few know of the
Brown Buggy Shop. Brown was in business
on the site of Dr. H. C. Curtis's office. In the
back row only the first, Harry Murray, and
the last, George Eakle, are known. First at
the left in the front row is James Bracken
and next to him is W. F. Clothier, father of
C. Roland Clothier. Picture is the property
of Miss Delia Miller, daughter of John P.
Miller, maker of fine buggies and wagons.
Full Line of Plumbing Fixtures
and Heating Units
Gasoline - Tires
For all Purposes
JOHN J. SENN
Brookville— Polo Rt. 2
207 N. Jackson Ave.
Telephone Brookville 2311
Phone 6-2302 PCLO
Girls ever have been beautiful, viz., Ex-
hibit A, Miss Faith More, kindergarten tea-
cher of the late 1890s, later Mrs. Charles Kel-
ler, at the left. No. 2 Mary Barber, 3 Lucia
Barber, 4 Gilbert Beck. 5 Ethel Myers, 6 Fred
Zick, 7 Ray Shafer, 8 Emily Dingley, 9 Edna
Myers, 10 Elizabeth Waterbury, 11 Blanche
Freeman, 12 Winnie Sweeney, 13 Phoenie
Woodruth, 14 Mae Bracken (Diehl), 15 Haz-
el Donaldson, 16 Clara Perkins, 17 Paul Clop-
per, 18 Alice Waterbury, 19 Russell Garman.
Scene: in front of the old Pearson home.
Terracing - Earth Moving - Grading
Done to Your Satisfaction
• Road Rock
Farm terracing has proved its value
in preventing erosion and conserving
moisture in dry seasons. Let us give
you further information.
We also do Public Works — earth
moving and grading — Excavations for
basements — and anything where big
power earth moving is required. Feel
free to ask for information when your
job is cooking.
Best Wishes For the ISext Hundred!
'N & L Construction Co.
■iJJJV" *' '- ^.'
Yours is an enviable heritage, one hun-
dred years of active growth and progress
-and still going strong. Congratulations !
Through the years, together with pre-
decessor companies Northern Illinois Gas
Company has progressed along with the
communities it serves . . . constantly ex-
panding and improving to give even bet-
Now, more than ever, GAS continues
to ease household drudgery, performing
tasks automatically to give carefree com-
fort to the daily living of over a half-mil-
lion northern Illinois families.
WHATEVER THE JOB -
cooking, refrigeration, water
heating, incineration, clothes
drying or home heating . . .
GAS Does It Better
... For LESS!
AT BARBER'S PARK, '
Tuesday, Sept. ist.
Not KELLY'S ARMY or even the
Oregon Base Base Club, but a Day of
Excitement and Pleasure; a battle be-
tween the Celebrated Ball Champions,
The Exchange Alley Nine
-- AND —
The Smoky Doolittles
THE -SMOKY DOOLITTLES."
THE "EXCHANGE ALLEY " NINE.
A FEW OF THE FEATURES-
Jolmoic McOrath will play shoe! on jsc base in a pair oj
Icvely green lights.
Br) am Barber i.and Billy) will play left field with the black
R. G, Shumway will figun; on th« interest o( the crowd
r\(» rtie game.
Henr>- Wolf will attempt the -feet- o( cJ
Avey & Worley will pturtoTm theircelebr;
sod (lance during the aiternoon.
"Black" Fraser's special sale will occur after the eleventh
Charley Wolfe in center field will be
No catl..ie^3 allowed d»riag J
sh transportation for the
i rendition of "I'm
don juggling feat is worth going
Mead" during the game,
ase wTii Interest you.
;n.e the bananas, Sanimie
Jtton or Sunshine ia Ex-
The Exchange Hotel will serve
Chaddork's red smrt act amrBt
Immediately after Wise & Artz
Goldsmith will recite "The Lost 1
Clifi Myers' and Tom Bracken's sitirl dance will ai
Doc Snyder, the E
which will bedissecte.f t.y t-ioi.
atcher. Watcti the Prolei
H. E. Spear, the
the other side.
Jim Allab^n is to hold down third bag (with both ieeu in
a benuulul new costume, while Henty Schell will kIvc inlre-
<l«f ni latin quotations, ii the crowrl allows.
Judec Campbell will bring bi« suaniy along with him It's
Fred Zick, in short pants, will perform wonders t
Brouse Sanborn will weigh tfic ball—still.
Leayitt Moore will play head coacher. if permitted
Addison SheU wnll give a long talk oni6 to ., followed to ^
Oeo. Poole on bound Money, il Schell gets throuf h
~. Bob Allen, in handme downs, will Ik: seen in ei nt^ A.i i
fc Satn Y„kel with hi. icy stare on 3d l,a«., will 1,^^" 7™
Lu "^. J^'ii " p.'" i"««'" '" "«•" 'i'W' »»<l H, B. will
Bif'ffliint the ball in the leiL
/ Burt, by whom the ball will be Stricken, will coyer the >d
otfl and more, too.
Dan, will "Beard" the ball b<-hiod the bat. ^
Willie Schell will give the f;irl9 the "marble heart"
uaony Holmes win'miiR that lamiliar vong "Good B
Polo PanU Co will liuiii»h "pants" for the runnen.''
"Oliver" O'Kaoe, on "How 1 became a puliiiciaa," will be
MUSIC by POLO CORNET BAND
GENERAL ADM ISSIOW 15c LAD IES Jt KlUS, 15c.
TBI run nccmuL
of All Kinds
Polo Rt. 2
Brookville 2298 - Rur. Lanark 16M
Armour &l Co*
John M. Davis, Buyer
Polo observed the 75th anniversary of the
first settlement at Buffalo Grove, February
16-17, 1905. Below is the poster that announc-
ed the affair. On it you will find Charles W.
Joiner, surveyor of the original Town; Zenas
Aplington, founder; Rev. Peter Cartwright,
famous pioneer preacher, who was resident
at Buffalo Grove two years, and others.
THURSDAY EVENING. FEB. 16tll
At Polo Operoc House
To celebrate the 7 Sth Anni\ersar\- ol the First Settlement in Oyle County at i
Buffalo Gro\e, and the StUh Anriiver5ar\- of the Founding of Polo, under the
au.spices of the
Polo HistoricQLl Society
(jooj A\uMC will be a paM lA the fijilowini; pro_i;|-ani;
Ho n . jxihn "TV MH^mtt i, ,y„.l(j . ,,
Toa^t, "Karlv Da\s"
"Material OnclopniLiit ot' La^t Fit't)' ^'car
" *'()ur Social l'ro«;ress" ....
" "Toda\ and Tnrinirrou"
" "It Came to l'a^-." ....
J. VV. Clinton
Hon. [as. P. Wilson
Mrs. I. M. Bridf!;man
Ma\or Fred /.ick
Rev. l)r. J. H. More
A tew mementos of Pioneer days in Bulfalo and Chambers Groves will be on
exhibition. Polo Women's Relict Corps caterers. Plates, 50c. Tickets on
sale at Postottiec. Come and let us get acquainted with the old days. All
are inMted. BY ORDKR COM.MITTKK.
A Familiar Sight About 1908 — Harry Miller In His Runabout
A Quality Egg
Market for Producers
• Special prices to producers with a
Quality Controlled Program.
• Special package for grocers, restaurants,
and hotels with discriminating customers.
• Special dealership to hatcheryman and feed dealers
interested in a modern marketing program.
Ramp^s Quality Egg Market
"Jake" Ramp, Owner
Polo - Phone 6-3752
"Art" Olsen, Sales Mgr.
Park Ridge - Phone 3-1681
Black Betty Hamlin
"Black Betty" was a term of endearment
spoken by the people of Our Town who knew
and loved Elizabeth Hamlin, Negro woman
who was once a slave. Black Betty was
brought to Polo from Kentucky by Maria
Waterbury to care for her sick mother, Mrs.
Samuel Waterbury's home was on the
site now occupied by Hank Van Oosten's
service station. It was a large home that dur-
ing the Civil War and before was used as a
station on the Underground Railroad, a
method of aiding runaway slaves to Canada
When Mrs. Waterbury died, Black Betty
had to shift for herself. She soon entered the
household of D. M. Leal whose wife was ill.
During Black Betty's stay with the Leals
their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
George H. Butts and their family, came to
live with the Leals when Mrs. Leal was tak-
The only living daughter of the Leals is
now Mrs. Walter Maxey who well remembers
Black Betty. Little Frances Butts is seen in
the above picture with Black Betty. Eight
years after she had entered the Leal house-
hold Black Betty sought a life for herself and
Mr. Leal saw that she had a place. Black
Betty bought the little one-room house that
now stands one block east of the EUB church
and the second house south on the west side
of the street.
Black Betty lived in Polo many years, a
respected member of the community. She
lies buried in Fairmount Cemetery, the only
member of her race to rest there.
Custom Mixing - Delivery
GRAINS BOUGHT AND SOLD
Haldane Elevator Co»
Robert A. Kane
A COMPLETE Service
• TIRES and TUBES
Pick Up & Delivery
Turek's M^m Service
210-212 S. Division
Night Phone 6-4392 Day Phone 6-9142
Civil War veterans had given up marching at celebrations by 1911. Seen riding behind a
span of dappled grays are "Pinky" Barnes, Abraham Wright, David Strock and John Weis-
ner. Others are unknown. Last of the Boys in Blue answered the call many years ago.
W. Mason St., Polo, 111.
"Not the only Christians, but Christians Only."
Service From 5 :30 A. M.
to 10:00 P. M.
Morning Worship 9:30 a.m.
Bible School 10:20 a.m.
Evening Service 8:00 p.m.
Mid-Week Service Wed., 8:00 p.m.
"Where The Bible Speaks, We Speak."
Clifton E. & Garnett L. Butler
Parsonage: 307 S. Congress
Polo, on your
• Air Conditioned
• Free Television
Pines Drive 'In Theatre
Opposite White Pines
Fay Barnhart, Prop.
Rts. 26 and 64 Jnct., 4 mi. North of Polo
Constructing Polo's first sewer system in 1906, Horatio Wales St., mayor. J. T. McGrath at
machine's left, and S. N. Dodson on the curb, watch proceedings. The public improvements
were only beginning. This scene shows the crew busy on South Franklin Street.
S LUMBER ^
A COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE
Doane Authorized Builder
HOMES PENTA POLES
REPAIR WORK STRONGBARN ROOFING
FARM BUILDINGS POLE FRAME BUILDINGS
FARMERS' LUMBER and SUPPLY CO.
Price Hcckman, Pres. Arch M. Hamilton, Vice-Pres.
E. R. Knudson, Sec.-Treas.
Polo Phone 6-3652
Congratulations To Polo On
Her 100th Anniversary!
Doane Agricultural Service, Inc*
Farm Management — Appraisal
Research and Consultation
Oregon, Illinois Phone: Oregon 505
A Complete Line Of
Purina Chows For
Every Feeding Need!
Buyers and Sellers of
Grain - Feeds - Seeds
Seed Cleaning and Treating
Feed Grinding and Mixing
Polo Elevator Co*
E. H. Cassens, Owner
Robert Higley, Manager
Declining Years of the Old High School — About 1898
Dr. Donald W. Clothier
Phone 6-0462 - Polo, 111.
Office Above Clothier's Drug Store
Home Owned - Nationally Known
A friendly merchandising service in
this 100-year-old community. Built by
your continued patronage and the com-
bined efforts of the Raley Family.
WE THANK YOU!
It has been a pleasure to serve you. We
promise improved service for you.
Lillian & Luther Raley
Wayne - Edward - Edmund - Robert
It's been a long trail from the times de-
picted in this photo which shows "Charlie"
Winders in front of his restaurant on the
south side of Mason street. For one thing,
bananas don't hang outside any more and
little girls, like the one shown, Zulu Bittin-
ger, are adorned in quite different costumes
for 'street wear.' Her friend with the fur was
Ida Coffman, later Mrs. Ollie Strock, mother
of Reeve Strock. It seems that "Charlie" was
doing quite a bit of business, but he soon en-
tered the clothing line.
TIRES - BATTERIES
Dividends Paid Here
BILL SHAW, OWNER
BjlW***^ 301 so. FRANKLIN ST.
Polo's First 100 Years
Our old friends have been
with us for Thirty-Two years
We hope our new friends
can do the same!
Drop In And See Us.
The Clover Farm Store
'When You Call - We're Ready to HauV
Livestock - Feeds - Fertilizers
Day or Night - Phone 6-1722
WOLF TRUCK LINE
ELWYN C. WOLF, Owner
Delicious Pan Fried Chicken
Wednesdays - Sundays
Chops - - Shrimp
Hawes Beverage - Superior Coffee
Welcome To Good Food At
The Corner Cafe
124 E. MASON ST.
Curls, bangs and barefeet were all in vogue
on this school day along about 1897-8. The seventh
and eighth grades were putting their best feet for-
ward. Front row: Grace Tice, Katie Moll, Rosa
Green, Dora Hurdle, Delia Beck, Bill Beck. Charlie
Allen, Johnny Travis, Grace Wolf, Edith Unger,
Sylvia Holland, Miss Alice Vanciel, teacher.
Second row: Fred Ferguson, Irma Wolf, uni-
dentified, Faye Miller, Fred Manning, George Hoff-
man, Kittle Rogers, Nellie Butts. Flox Joiner, Bob
Brooks, ? Solenberger or Pearlie Brenner, Alice
Mead, unidentified, Guy Waterbury, Elmer Weaver.
Third row: Ross Cornelius, Mamie Dodson,
George Travis, Red "Pat", Freddie Barkman,
Harvey Huffman, Leo Devaney, Anna Bracken,
Grace Smith, Grace Waterbury, Blanche Swartz,
Zulu Bittinger, Pat Kenyon.
Back row: Bob Bracken, Walter Holland, Jen-
nie Hunt, Eddie Spickler, Fred Wise, Charles Bos-
omeyer, Mary Magne, Frank Huffman, Letta Davi-
son, Ross Miller, Dora Lindner, May AUaben, EUie
Dr. George A. Kopp
303 North Franklin
WINDERS STORE - POLO
Owner and Operator
Isaac Chambers, first while settler in county, rests in a lonely graveyard on the farm of Lee Rus-
sell near Brookville. Stone is supported by C. J. Wolf and Clifford Powell. Chambers died in 1845.
Our Business Means
BETTER HEALTH IN POLO
We hope to be a part of our community
1Q^/^ During most of the second Hundred Years! y
-*-^-'" Congratulations to everyone on the Centennial! ♦
We Help Keep Our Town Clean!
Wagner Disposal Service
Larry Wagner, Prop.
Fred Hendrix and Team — Joiner Woods Picnic Aboul 1905
The Union Central
Life Insurance Company
1867 - Our 90th Anniversary ^ 1957
Life Insurance and Annuities In Force $2,408,000,000.00
Amount Paid To Policyholders and Beneficiaries
Since 1867 - $1,598,722,000.
Life Insurance and Annuities Issued in 1956 $372,567,406.
RICHARD A. FOLK
Judge John D. Campbell was a jurist but he was more widely known among the younger
set for his large deer herd. Sunday afternoons were always good for a big gallery.
Glod You Came
For latest competitive
markets on livestock call —
E. M. TYNE
Complete Line Of
1851 Letter Tells of RR Survey
An unsigned letter written on the front
and back of a beautifully colored, if not geo-
graphically perfect, map gives present day
folk a glimpse behind the misty records that
preceded the coming of the railroad to this
area in January of 1855. The map is dated
Aug. 4, 1851.
The identity of the writer as well as the
person to whom the letter was written will
forever remain in the mythical archives of
local history. But one fact emerges from a
reading of the letter and study of the map:
much speculation was abroad as to just where
the railroad would go. The choice was from
Dixon to Galena via western Ogle county and
Freeport, and from Dixon to Galena via Sa-
"I take opportunity by this present let-
ter," the 1851 writer began, "to give you an
outline of the surveys of the railroad through
our region as near as I can by observation
and reliable hearsay. You may be assured of
its correctness as far as the route is concern-
ed in its general course varying only by
"The map embraces parts of Stephenson,
Winnebago, Lee and Ogle. Ogle is laid off in
townships with their names printed upon
them. The course of the river is nearly cor-
rect, as near anyhow as is general on a map.
The route to Savanna in Carroll county I do
not know anything about.
"You will discover by looking on the map
a line of blue and dotted on the east side. By
recent knowledge obtained that is nearer the
track of the second surveyed route in our
region and consequently crosses your land.
"It has been told me that there are strong
prejudices in favor of the Savanna route as
the distance is 18 miles nearer than by Free-
port to Galena and the highest hill to Galena
by Savanna is 52 feet per mile and by Free-
port 90 feet.
"We shall know in a few weeks. We are
all well and have done harvesting. Wheat
better than anticipated. Aug. 4, 1851."
A^ }♦ Hersch Co*
# Speed Queen
TAPPAN and MONARCH
Hardware & Housewares
LeRoy Rebuck, Mgr.
Growing With Polo
Thru Low Cost Coverage
The Buffalo Mutual Fire Insurance Company looks forward to an expand-
ing business in the busy years ahead . . . writing fire and extended cover-
1874 . 34 POLICIES IN FORCE
1957 . ♦ $8,000,000 Coverage
F. S. Jones, President
E. S. Waterbury, Treasurer
C. G. Holbrook
A. F. Moore
A. J. Sanborn
C. W. Sammis
W. M. Mason
Ralph Stuff, President
Harold Johnson, Vice-President
Russell Scholl, Sec.-Treas.
ORGANIZED March 14, 1874, Buffalo Mutual is authorized to insure
risks in the following 12 townships: Buffalo, Pine Creek, Woosung, Eagle
Point, Lincoln, Brookville, Mt. Morris, Oregon, Nashua and Grand Detour
in Ogle county; Jordan in Whiteside county; and Palmyra township in Lee
Fire Insurance Company
Offices at Scholl Insurance Agency on S. Franklin St.
A U. S. Post Office was established at
Buffalo Grove, Feb. 12, 1883. In January of
1855 the name was changed to Polo. The post-
master, George D. Read, moved the office
to Polo during the night and opened the next
morning in the above building, now Keck-
ler's Store. This strategy, a "fait accompli,"
worked like oil on the troubled local waters.
John Deere Farm Implements
FOX Choppers and Bloivers - - -
- - - A,0. SMITH Harvestores
Polo Farm Store
Polo H. S. graduates of Class of 1902 are,
left to right, first row — Charles D. Row-
land and Clinton G. Geary; second row — Lor-
ena Poole, Edna Getzendaner, Frances (Cav-
anaugh) Wise, May (Kriebel) Dommell, Lil-
lian Poole, Ruth (Noble) Hendrix, Charlotte
Third row — Susie (Long) Knodle, Irma
(Stouffer) Mosteller, Jessie (Gibbs) Griffin,
Bertha (Savage) Losacker, Mary (Ruth) Fike,
Bernice (Flower) Hornby, Pearle Joiner,
Pearle (Worden) Clement, Albert C. Moll,
Josephine Bingaman, June (Strickler) Etnyre,
Alice (Klock) Neeck, Guy I. Bradbury.
LUDWIG MILK CO.
"The Finest Since 1911"
McHenry - - Elgin - - Chicago
Country Plant - Polo, 111.
First (i I'adiiadiii; Class
Polo High School,
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PEESENTATION OF DIPLOMAS. IK. W, W. EUEKS.
B XN Oei) i C T I ON.
Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Rev. K. E. Irvin, D. D., S. T. D., Pastor
"The just shall live by faith"
You Will Enjoy The
Consistently the BEST place to EAT
in northern Illinois!
STEAKS and CHOPS
Open 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Closed all day Mondays
TELEPHONE POLO 6-0620
Opposite White Pines State Park
'// It's Good For Polo . . .
It's GOOD for Bob!"
To Polo On It's
Bob's Barber Shop
Robert Fouke, Prop.
Livestock and General Hauling
QVICK - RELIABLE ■ DEPENDABLE
Feed Sales Offices:
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA • SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
WELCOME TO POLO!
You're Welcome to Polo ANY time but especially during
our Centennial! We have greeted our customers always
with high quality feeds, seeds, custom grinding, and friendly
service since May 15, 1929.
Thanks to all our customers! We cordially invite you to
visit our elevator while in Polo. We supply daily prices on
Feeds and Grain.
Football caught on early in Polo as this
1901 photo shows. Nose and shin guards
were standard equipment for protection
against the natural hazards of the game. And,
one might mention, also against the ungen-
tlemanly conduct of kicking an opposing
player in the shins or striking him in the
nose with the hand and fingers tightly clen-
ched, commonly known as the fist. In the
back row are Ross Cornelius, Ray Hedrick,
George Hoffman, R. L. Bracken, Ross Miller,
Clint Geary, Cliff Smith and Max Allaben.
Kneeling are Paul Anderson, F. Browning,
E. Browning, Arch Hamilton and Fred Man-
ning. Sitting are Albert Moll, and Clare
Woodruff, captain of the team.
Congratulations to Polo
On Its 100th Anniversary
Dixon, Devine & Ray
George K. Ray
Luke R. Morin
The Polo National Bank Bldg.
121 E. First Street
''Feed Without A Filler"
On the Spot
Hybrid Seed Corn
Robert E. McNabb
MAX BODDIGER, PROP.
Licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director
Protein ff fp
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CEMENT ® ^^i
Congratulations to Pc
lo On The Centennial
Ph. Polo 6-2658
Phone Milledgeville 5-3571
3er & Grain Co»
It may come as news to many that the
area in which Polo, Buffalo Grove and Ogle
county are included today was once a part of
"Illinois county." It was attached to the state
of Virginia bv proclamation made June 17,
County government was situated at Kas-
kaskia. Actually, the machinery of county
government was never effectually set up,
and it soon died of disuse.
The area north of the Illinois river,
therefore, continued as a part of Northwest
Territory until Feb. 3, 1801 on which date
St. Clair county was created, one of two that
covered the entire area of the state, then a
part of the Territory of Indiana. From Feb.
3, 1803 a brief history of the allegiances of
what is now Ogle county is in order:
1809 — St. Clair county came under the
Territory of Illinois, still covering the north-
ern two-thirds of the state's area.
1812 — Madison county covered the north-
ern two-thirds of the state areas.
1815 — Ogle county area became a part
of two counties, Madison and Edwards. The
line split the state north to south at Byron.
Still the Territory of Illinois. The western
part including Polo was then in Madison
county, the eastern portion in Edwards.
1816— That part of Ogle that was in Ed-
wards county became part of Crawford coun-
ty. West side remained in Madison county.
1817 — Ogle area split among three coun-
ties: Eagle Point, Brookville and west part
of Forreston remained in Madison county;
Buffalo, Pine Creek and the townships to
the north became a part of Bond county,
while the eastern part remained in Crawford.
Still Territory of Illinois.
1819 — Territory of Illinois became state
of Illinois. West part of this county remained
in Madison; the central part was still in Bond
county but the eastern portion was changed
from Crawford to Clark.
1821 — All that part of Illinois north of
the Illinois river became one county: Pike.
1823 — All of this region including what
is now Ogle county was attached to Fulton
county for administrative purposes.
1825 — All of Ogle became a part of Put-
nam. (Today the smallest county in the state.)
1827— The west half of Ogle was thrown
in with the northwest area of the state. It was
called Jo Daviess county.
1836 — On Jan. 12 of that year six new
counties were created, among them Ogle
county which included all of what is in the
county today except Eagle Point, Brookville
and the west part of Forreston.
1839— Eagle Point, Brookville, and the
west portion of Forreston township, were
taken from Jo Daviess and given to Ogle
county. Thus the county of Ogle was consti-
tuted as it is today.
South On Rt. 26
ORVILLE AND BERTHA DAVIS
General Line of
Men and Women
Boys and Girls
Ed and Joy Sharkey
Plan Now for * » ,
The Next 100 Years!
Build as your forefathers built— for beauty and
permanence with superior materials.
American Wire Fence
McGrath-Phalen Lumber Co^
Established in 1882 by John T. McGrath
Jnct. 52 & 64
Jnct. 52 & 34
Livestock - Farms - Machinery
Furniture - Real Estate
Ph. 2332 - Brookville
# For Health
# For Pleasure
# For Fellowship
Al & Ruth :: Wilbur & Renee
^ * ■
Established Sept. 15, 1947
Arch M. Hamilton, Owner Richard Ritenour, Manager
Cocker Spaniel i ». j o' . ■
^ Labrador Retriever
Irish Setter Brjttany Spaniel Chesapeake Bay Retriever Golden Retrie
Pomeranian Boston Ten
Toy Manchester Schipperke
VVel-li C.ri'i l',rnl.r..ke
Our Conger atulations
To Polo On The
Washers and Dryers
Refrigerators, Steel Cabinets
Devoe Paints of all Kinds
"Pride of the Farm" Line
Open daily to 6 p.m. and
Saturday to 10 p.m.
Brown - Lynch - Scott
John and Anna Marie Merry
Ogle Service Co»
FS Feeds and Plant Foods
FS Petroleum Products
Homer C. Curtis, D. V. M.
E. E. McConaughy
FALL FESTIVAL TIME IN 1922
James T. O'Connor, D. V. M.
Ormond H. Runnels
Attorney at Law
Best Wishes to Polo
at the Beginning of its
Play Your Choice
— at the following 8 places in Polo:
• Becky's Grill • American Legion
• Corner Inn • Drenner's Lunch
• Daisy's Cafe • Steve's Tavern
• V. F. W. • Well's Gulf
B & L Distributors
Dick and Bess Roche
Ph. 6-4552 Polo
Coal - Oil - Gas
We specialize in general sheet metal work including gutters, down-
spouts, kitchen ventilating hoods and all farm metal work. If you have
furnace troubles, take advantage of our 24-HOUR SERVICE.
We supply free estimates on new heating or air conditioning units for
your home. Give us a call.
'We Sell the BEST and Service the Rest!"
Chicago Motor Club Service
24 HOURS EVERY DAY
We render a COMPLETE Auto and Truck Repair
Service. Bring your Repair Work here!
C» L. Drennan, M. D.
Physician and Surgeon
Curtis W. Fisher, D. D. S.
L. R. McDaniel, M. D.
Physician and Surgeon
F. L, Markle, D. D. S,
R. W, Ziegler, M, D.
Physician and Surgeon
J. G. Seise, D. D, S.
Polo's baseball teams were pretty hot
along about 1905 as you will see by scrutiniz-
ing the above scene. Three of the team are
still around today, now Rev. Joe Lonergan,
Circuit Judge Robert L. Bracken and William
Bracken, the 1905 mascot. Since the Harrigan
brothers of Forreston were on the team it
might have been called the "P-F Independ-
ents" B. B. Club. Personnel: standing in back
row: Joe Lonergan 3B, Bob Bracken CF, P.
Carey IB, Tim Harrigan RF, R. Wallis LF,
E. Brooks, Sub. Middle row: J. Netolickly
SS, H. Cardoza, Mgr., A. Harrigan 2B. Front
row: J. H. Markhan C, C. S. Baylor P, Bill
Bracken, mascot, George Begeman P. Since
those days town team ball has declined.
Polo ♦ ♦ ♦
On Your 100th
And Many Thanks To Everyone
From A Former Polo Business Firm
Wolf Motor Company
High Protein Blend
Plant VICTOR to be Sure
CERTIFIED SEED OATS
POLO SEED CO.
3 miles North on Route 26
"Don't Cuss - Call Vs!"
and Radiator Shop
24-Hour Wrecker and Parts
Service. We fix ANYTHING
on wheels! Also small engines,
lawn and power mowers.
Clyde and Roberta Powell
Corner Fulton & Barber
A Good Place to Trade - A Good Place to Eat!
Spotlessly Clean - Reasonable Prices
Harvey SCHWENK'S FOODS Thetaa
Seasoned Just Right !
Open All Days
at 6 A. M.
602 S. Division
Welcome All —
To The Centennial
TO BE QITEN IN THE
NSW OPERA HOUSE!
Will be the great ev ,.- " tho reason. The
Program given on th'^L evening will be the
grandest affair that h s ever been presented to
the public of this city or vicinity. Some of the
most attractive features of the evening will be
the Soprano Solo, rendered by
Of Mt. Morris, also Trombone solo by
Of Oregon, supported by Polo's popular Vocal
and Instrumental Soloists.
THREE GRAND CHORUSES
Of 50 Voices, accompanied with full Orchestra.
Fine Orotootj.fl seigntigpc arranged esoeciallv
for this Concert. Dcuble Male Voice Ouar
tettes. Mixed Voice Quartettes. Duetts. &c.
MISS EMMA SPEAR!
r»IA.INriST A.>JID SJ01L.0ISiT.
Lovers of Music cai not afford to lose this
Grand Musical treat. Secure your tickets be-
fore the best seats a.-e gone. Standing room
will be at par.
ADMISSION:-RESERYEO SEAT. 50 CENTS.
TICKETS ON SALE AT NEWS DEPOT.
As the above poster reproduction shows Buf-
falo Town Hall was dedicated in 1888. Con-
siderable alterations were made in 1917. Last
changes and additions were made in 1954.
Dedication was in February 1955.
# Parking Lots
The Clark Co.
Ph. 6-2822 Polo, 111.
POLO'S NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY
Our Sincere Congratulations
To the People of Polo
Freeport Auction Service
O. N. Johnson, Cashier Freeport C. L. Clevenger, Clerk
F-A-S REPRESENTATIVES IN THE POLO AREA:
Fred Krum & Wehmeyer Bros. Dorothy Linker Elery Shank
Auctioneers Cashier Clerk
LOCAL BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE:
Harry A. Wolf, Phone 6-0683
Before football and basketball became
popular towns got hepped up about their fire
department teams of which Polo had its share
and won more than an average town's share
of the honors. One such team is shown above
with its sponsor, M. E. Schryver I. This is the
team that won national hook and ladder
honors at Omaha in 1899. Polo's 1957 firemen
proudly possess the Seagrave ladder awarded
these National Champions, a memento of
other years. In the above picture are, back
row left to right: Petzy Abbott, William
Weaver, Clayton Smith, next two from Paw
Paw, John Miller. Middle row: Frank Inman,
M. E. Schryver I, the sponsor, William Bark-
man, Warren Savage. Front row: John
Weaver, John Abbott, Dallas Wendle.
1926 - - Our 31st Anniversary - - 1957
For 31 years Coffey Implement has served the farmers
of this area with a full and complete line of International
Farm Equipment. During these years we have backed up
our sales with Prompt and Efficient Service, including a
lai-ge stock of parts. Let us serve you.
To Polo . . . Congratulations 1857-1957
Coffey Implement Store
R. A. COFFEY, Owner
R. E. JONES, Manager
Truck & Auto Repair?
Polo Phone 6-2992
Farm & City
Robert E. Smith
Real Estate Broker
i * ^x
Standard Oil Co. Bulk Delivery
High Quality Petroleum Products
R C. ^^Ed'^ Buse Alfred Smith
Phone 6-2294 Phone 6-0153
HOURS: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday
1st Door North of Gambles
108 N. Franklin Ave.
For Your New
Zotos Magic Wrap Tubewave
National Bank Building
Ph. 6-3774 - Personalized Service
103 S. Division Ave.
All Phases of
105 N. Division Ave.
Enjoy Roller Skating
Mt. Morris 273
Clyde V. Wishard
R. R. 1
# Red Top Fencing
# V-C Fertilizers
# Grass Seeds
LET VS GRIND ALL YOUR
Hazelhurst Feed Mill
Milford Steinhagen, Owner
For Clear Tag Field Seeds contact Ogle Service Company. For
Heavy Duty Hybrids contact the farmer salesmen in your area.
Producers Seed Co*
Hybrid Corn Plants
Field Seed Plant
Piper City, 111.
Piper City and Polo, 111.
Bu P.rJS. M o
Ross L* Hardy
Preserve the Present
by Means of
Winter Scene on Mason Street In Wood Sidewalk Days
Reynolds Oil Co»
Jobbers Petroleum Products
208 SO. FRANKLIN AVE., POLO, ILL., PHONE 6-1482
Polo , Illinois
SAUK VALLEY COLLEGE LIBRARY
Dixon, IL 61021
85 Years of Service
As Your Local
Men You Know and Trust
Many of the capital slock fire and casualty insurance companies
represented in our office have been rendering unfailing service in
time of need for more than half a century.
NEW ENGLAND LIFE
First Mutual Life Insurance Company Chartered in America - 1835
Schryver Insurance Agency
The Polo National Bank
Established in 1935
A Friendly Home Owned Bank
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Arch M. Hamilton
Ross W. Hostetter
George W. Trump
Edward M. Tyne
George W. Trump, President
Ross W. Hosteller, Exect. Vice President and Cashier
Price Heckman, Vice President
Oscar G. Olson, Assistant Cashier
Mrs. Buell T. Brodie
Mrs. Kenneth Dunn
Mrs. Henry Doyle
Miss Evelyn Shrader
Miss Helen M. Ports
Mrs. Bruce Wright
We Render All Banking Services